Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Bedder

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Medium Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Fairfield, California

Menifee, California

Winnetka, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 23, 2011, sheltiesrule from Berkeley, CA wrote:

I LOVE this gorgeous bee magnet which I bought at Annie's Annuals. It grows very quickly, thrives on very little water, stays compact (12 x 12 in.), and is a lovely deep blue. It often self-seeds. I have it planted in the sun, right near my vegetable garden. It is also deer resistant---important in our area. My neighbor planted 3 in a sunny spot and had flowers until November.

Positive

On Jun 22, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

Great plant that self-seeds, but not invasively. I've found that Echiums need average watering during the summer, despite what many sources say.

The only bad thing is that I have a renegade rabbit trapped in my fenced garden, and he actually likes to eat it! I assumed that the texture would deter rabbits, but apparently not.