Scientific name: Echium vulgare
Nature Stars: 60
About: Viper's-bugloss is a hairy plant with dense spikes of bright blue, funnel-shaped flowers. Found on chalk grassland, sand dunes, cliffs and disturbed ground, it is in bloom from May to September.
How to identify: Upright spikes of blue flowers in dense clusters. Hairy stems and narrow and pointed leaves.
Where: Quite evenly scattered in the UK mainland
Fantastic fact: Viper's-bugloss provides food for a range of insects including Buff-tailed and Red-tailed Bumblebees, Large Skipper and Painted Lady Butterflies, Honey Bees and Red Mason Bees.
Photograph credit: Lizzie Wilberforce