Echium vulgare L.
Family: Boraginaceae
blueweed,  more...
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Robert Bierman  
Etymology: Echium: from Greek echis, "a viper," the nutlets appearing to represent a viper's head
Plants: erect, biennial, 1'-3' tall forb, roughly-hairy especially above; taprooted
Leaves: lower leaves stalked, getting smaller towards top and becoming stalkless
Flowers: blue to pink, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, irregularly funnel-shaped, stamens extending beyond the petals; inflorescence of many curving, branched clusters (cymes); blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: slightly rough nutlets
Habitat: disturbed sites
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Robert Bierman  
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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Kurt Stüber  
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