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Viper's Bugloss
Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare

An alien wildflower usually found where few other plants will grow. Viper's bugloss prefers limestone soils and wasteland. In St. Lawrence County this plant can be seen along the roadsides growing out of the gravel. South of Gouverneur the rock outcrops along Route 11 are cast in a purple haze when Viper's Bugloss is blooming.
It is nearly impossible to transplant, only because it is rarely found where it is possible to dig.

Viper's Bugloss

The fruit is a nutlet that supposedly looks like a snake head.


Soil Type - Sandy
Soil ph - Slightly alkaline
Water - Dry
Light - Full sun


Height - 1 - 2 ft.
Time of bloom - July - August
Flower colors - purple
Transplants - forget it

Viper's Bugloss