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.