Irish wildflowers

Photographs: County Cork

Echium vulgare
Lus nathrach
Family: Boraginaceae

Flowering: June-September. Biennial. Native / introduced.
Funnel-shaped flowers, usually blue or blue/violet in curved cymes. Pink buds. Hairy/bristly leaves, strap-shaped with obvious mid-vein. Upper leaves are unstalked. Erect stems with reddish bristles. Height: To 80 cm.

Well-drained sandy/chalky soils. Dunes, cliffs, waste ground, grassland.
Native in some locations, introduced garden escape in others.

Similar: Bugloss, Anchusa arvensis


Vipers-bugloss, County Cork. July 2008

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