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Echium vulgare

Vipérine commune
Viper’s Bugloss

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

blue

Flower size

10-19 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

30-80 cm

Description

Rough-haired biennial with one or several stems.

It was once used to treat snake bites, hence the name ‘Viper’s Bugloss’.

Grassy waste areas, on rock face.

Flowers

The flowers range from purplish-red to bright blue in a branched spike. Stamens are red and protruding.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Rosette: long, wider in the middle, pointed, serrated leaves covered in spiny, bristly, white hairs.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: small, contains the fruit and seed of the plant; does not open to release its seeds.

Medical

Seeds: contain gamma linolenic acid (omega 6), as do Borage and Evening Primrose.

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