Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2008

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, dry pastures, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bright blue-violet/ White or pink with age
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales? order assignment uncertain

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 161-04-001:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Viper's Bugloss, Blue Weed


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image of Echium vulgare

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ecvu_001_lvd

        

image of Echium vulgare

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_34

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Pronounced "bew-gloss" not "bug-loss," referring to an ox's tongue, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Echium vulgare

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_34b

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Corolla conspicuously irregular, lobes rounded and spreading, the throat open, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Echium vulgare

JK Marlow    jkm0507f_01

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Cauline lvs oblong to linear-lanceolate, sessile, progressively smaller upward, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.