Today's bloom is Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Bloom of the Day for August 2nd, 2013:

Type of plant: Biennials, Perennials

Bloom color: Magenta (pink-purple), Dark Blue, Blue-Violet

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Qwilter wrote:
Like the varrigated colors in the flowers.

grlwonder wrote:
So pretty! But a BAD idea here in Western Australia. We have a serious weed problem here with what we call "Paterson's Curse", a closely related echium that takes over pasture land. It looks so pretty carpeting the hillsides, but the poor horses have nothing to eat! See attached images - just goes to show that a beautiful flower in the wrong place can be a curse!

Qwilter wrote:
Looks like someone threw cans of purple paint on the pasture.