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Viper's Bugloss 'Blue Bedder'

Echium vulgare

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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

Haledon, New Jersey

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 18, 2017, Mamatonij from Haledon, NJ wrote:

My Viper's Bugloss is over two years old. I purchased two on a whim at a local roadside stand. I was told it was deer resistant so I didn't think twice. Unfortunately, I killed one last year by over fertilizing. The remaining plant winters in my kitchen in a south window with lots of afternoon sun. It blooms all winter and then summers on my patio in view of said window. It needs minimal feeding and seems to thrive on its current environment. I did re-pot it which seemed to slow its growth. Maybe it didn't mind being root bound or maybe the new pot is too large. I wish I knew. I've grown very attached to this plant.


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.