Vipérine commune

Le long de la Sambre à Tamines (Sambreville, province de Namur, Wallonie)

La vipérine commune (Echium vulgare L. ) est une plante herbacée de la famille des Boraginacées.
Echium vulgare (Viper’s Bugloss or Blueweed) is a species of Echium native to most of Europe, and western and central Asia. It is also common in North America.
Viper’s Bugloss being pollinated by skipper butterflies
Illustration of Echium vulgare
Closeup of flower

It is a biennial or monocarpic perennial plant growing to 30–80 cm (12–31 in) tall, with rough, hairy, lanceolate leaves. The flowers start pink and turn vivid blue and are 15–20 mm (0.59–0.79 in) in a branched spike, with all the stamens protruding. Stamens remain red and stand out against the blue flowers. It flowers between May and September. It is found in dry, bare and waste places.

It has been introduced to North America and is naturalised in parts of the continent, being listed as an invasive species in Washington.

Echium is grown as an oilseed crop because of the fatty acid composition of the seed oil. Like borage and evening primrose oil, it contains significant amounts of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), but it also contains the rarer stearidonic acid (SdA). (from Wikipedia)

Posted by BrigitteChanson on 2011-06-19 17:12:13

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