Monday, 11 June 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Bugloss

Description: A flamboyant plant of dry banks and dunes in, the viper's-bugloss seems to belong to a hot far-away country. With rough, blue petals and red stamens that flick like tongues, its hard not to think this plant's snake-like appearance contributed to its name. In fact, it was once used as an anti-venom for bites from the spotted viper.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: June - August

Height: 2 feet

Spacing: 2 feet 

Sun Needs: Full sun to part shade

Water Needs: Deep watering, Moist soil

Outstanding Features: Attracts bees and butterflies, but can be irritating to the skin.

Uses: They are lovely when massed in the front of a border and when naturalized at the verge of a wooded area or in a wild garden along a stream or by a pool. After blooming, the large leaves make an effective ground cover.

Tips: Also known as 'snake flower' and 'blue devil'. Long taproot. New shoots develop from root stock fragments.

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