Viper's Bugloss Seeds - Echium vulgare - Native Wildflower

Type: Hardy Biennial
Approximate height: Up to 80 cm
Flowering Time: May to September
Site and soil type: Any well-drained soil in full sun
When to sow: Late Spring to early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 90 seeds / 0.36 g

Also known as Adderwort, Viper's grass and Cat's tail, Viper's Bugloss is an upright plant with bristly stems, hairy leaves and bright blue flowers in summer.

In the first year it produces a flattish rosette of leaves with flowers appearing in the second year. The plant will die after flowering but will often self seed and produce new plants the following spring.

Viper's Bugloss provides nectar and pollen for various species of bees, moths and butterflies.

Warning: Not edible, may cause stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage my cause skin irritation, (wearing gloves recommended when handling).

  Viper's Bugloss provides food for the following creatures: 

  • Buff-tailed and Red-tailed bumblebees
  • Red Mason Bees
  • Honeybees
  • Painted Lady butterfly πŸ›
  • Marbled Clover mothπŸ¦‹ and Small Elephant Hawk-moth πŸ¦‹
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.