PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'

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





18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Medium Blue


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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:


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


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


Fairfield, California

Menifee, California

Winnetka, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.