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Echium vulgare

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Blueweed, Viper's bugloss
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Introduced from Europe

Description:
Coarsely hairy herbs with alternate, simple leaves; flowers in a slender, leafy, terminal cluster, each 5-parted, blue
Season:
Summer to fall
Height:
1-3 ft.
Foliage:
Bristly, hairy stems; 2-6 in. alternate, oblong to lanceolate leaves; upper leaves are smaller and stalkless
Flower:
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
Site:
Dry pastures, roadsides, waste places
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis
Symptoms:
Digestive upset and liver damage; skin irritation from the coarse hairs
Toxic Principle:
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
Severity:
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:
Biennial

NCCES plant id: 2564

Echium vulgare Echium vulgare