What flower is that?

     
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016

This month’s mystery plant is a non-native biennial with hairy stems, alternate leaves and irregular flowers.  The leaves are lance-shaped and the leaf margins are entire.  The flowers are blue and tubular-shaped with 5 petals and 5 stamens which extend well beyond the length of the petals. This plant grows 1-3 feet tall and blooms from June to November.  It can be found growing in fields and waste places.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Echium vulgare
Common Name:
  Viper’s Bugloss
Family:
  Boraginaceae (Borage Family)
Habitat:
  Fields, waste places and disturbed areas

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