viper's bugloss

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Related to viper's bugloss: Echium vulgare

vi·per's bugloss

A biennial Eurasian plant (Echium vulgare) naturalized as a weed in eastern North America, having blue to purple flowers and hairy stems and foliage. Also called blueweed.

[So called because its seeds resemble the heads of vipers and ancient herbalists recommended it for the treatment of snakebite (compare Greek ekhion, purple viper's bugloss (Echium plantagineum), from ekhis, viper).]

viper's bugloss

(Plants) a Eurasian boraginaceous weed, Echium vulgare, having blue flowers and pink buds. Also called (US) blueweed See Paterson's curse See also echium
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viper's bugloss - a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowersviper's bugloss - a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Echium, genus Echium - a genus of bristly herbs and shrubs of the family Boraginaceae
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FIELDS IN JUNE SUNSHINE: wandering through green lanes and along wild flower verges, stitchwort glows white alongside red campion, viper's bugloss splashes the paths with blue, butter-yellow birds-foot trefoil peeps through long grasses.
Meadows abound with sainfoin, yellow rattles, rampions, orchids, campions, clovers, pink Bistort, Viper's Bugloss, Ox-eye Daisy, bellflowers and even Orange lilies.
Claudio Sedivy and colleagues from ETH Zurich collected pollen from four plant species - buttercup, viper's bugloss, wild mustard and tansy - using an ingenious method.