One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bristly plant of the borage family, with pink buds that open to blue flowers. It was formerly used in the treatment of snake bites. Native to Eurasia, it is now widespread throughout North America.
Echium vulgare, family Boraginaceae
- ‘On the picnic table, Angela had arranged a vase of wildflowers picked by the road, which she now identified for me: viper's bugloss, butter-and-eggs, oxeye daisy.’
- ‘The larva feeds on the flowers and leaves of viper's bugloss, Symphytum or other Boraginaceae, pupating in a dead stem or rotten wood.’
- ‘I'd read about viper's bugloss, but I didn't know what it looked like, so I looked it up first in my herb books and then in a wildflower book…’
- ‘Flowers suitable for the less formal border are harebell, foxglove, ox-eye daisy, toadflax, alpine, autumn and field gentians, cranesbill, forget-me-not, and viper's bugloss.’
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