This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Blueweed, Viper's bugloss
- Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Introduced from Europe
- Coarsely hairy herbs with alternate, simple leaves; flowers in a slender, leafy, terminal cluster, each 5-parted, blue
- Summer to fall
- 1-3 ft.
- Bristly, hairy stems; 2-6 in. alternate, oblong to lanceolate leaves; upper leaves are smaller and stalkless
- Numerous buds in a tight coil; one-sided cluster on lateral branches; tubular blue flowers; opens from base to the tip; upper lip exceeds the lower; long red stamens; petals turn pink with age
- Dry pastures, roadsides, waste places
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis
- Digestive upset and liver damage; skin irritation from the coarse hairs
- Toxic Principle:
- Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated herbaceous ornamentals, weedy in disturbed areas, naturalized
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2564