Common bugloss

Anchusa officinalis

Perennial herb with a deep taproot, belongs to the family of Boraginaceae.

Characteristic Features
Flowers purplish blue.
Tube uncurved. 5 equal lobes in a cyme (coiled flower stem) of more than 5, leaves linear, not wavy, hairs do not have warty base.

Robust hairy, angular stems grow 30 - 60 cm (1 - 2 feet) at maturity. Plants produce several flowering stalks.

Lower leaves are lance-shaped with a stalk attaching it to stems while upper leaves are stalkless with either smooth or slightly toothed edges. The slightly pointed leaves are succulent and fleshy and covered with stiff hairs.