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Can anyone identify this plant, maybe a weed?


By Brianj

Oxon, United Kingdom Gb

Appeared in spring in amongst the borders, not sure if maybe a weed, if so I should get rid of it quickly!!




its one of our british natives and cant remember its name at the mo. so if you like it keep it, if not it is a weed. pull it out.
welcome to GoY too.

14 Jun, 2009


I think it's Echium Vulgare - Vipers' Bugloss. It blew into our garden once in this way. Bees love it.

14 Jun, 2009


hard to tell but it could also be one of the wild bugles Ajuga. the echium vulgare has stiff short hairs on the stem, the Ajuga either hairless or spft downy hairs.

14 Jun, 2009


Is it alkanet?

14 Jun, 2009


No, alkanet has big, rough leaves

14 Jun, 2009


That's definitely a Vipers' Bugloss. We too had one appear, it has lovely blue flowers with pinkish fine bits in it too (see technical terms here!). I was hoping it had seeded but no such luck. Give it some support in case of heavy rain as it grows quite tall. A beautiful plant.

14 Jun, 2009

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