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Viper's Bugloss

   
Viper's Bugloss or Blueweed
Echium vulgare
   

Viper's Bugloss is a sweet and delicate little flower, and worth looking for beside the road and in meadows. There are two explanations for the first half of its unusual common name; its nutlets, which appear in Fall, are said to resemble a viper's head, and, perhaps because of this, the dried plant was used as a remedy for snakebite. "Bugloss" is the Greek word for "Ox-Tongue," and it received the name because the leaves resemble the tongue of an ox.



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