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Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) | Sarah Raven

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Viper's Bugloss is one of our most impressive and long-flowering wild flowers of wasteland and seashore. This flowers for months at a stretch, is happy in sun or light shade.
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100 seeds (60057)

5 seedlings (201133-5)

10 seedlings (201133-10)

25 seedlings (201133-25)

Delivery:

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Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Position
In Grass
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June - September, the following year.
Height
45cm (18in)
Common name
Viper's-bugloss
Moisture
Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
Sow under cover or direct May - July. Plant out late summer-early autumn. Can be sown direct.

Description

Viper's Bugloss is one of our most impressive and long-flowering wild flowers of wasteland and seashore. This flowers for months at a stretch, is happy in sun or light shade and is always teeming with Burnet Moths and pollinator insects.

Standing tall and upright, it is the perfect backdrop to almost any other wild flower. It looks spectacular, but it is unpopular with some farmers as one plant can generate a swathe the following year.

  • Seed of UK origin

These can be introduced to your flowerbeds and borders, as well as planting amongst your grass to create a wild flower meadow.

Care Tips

A good plant for dry gardens. Deadhead regularly to encourage further blooms to appear. This plant may cause an allergic reaction. Great for growing in a container pot.