Flowering viper's bugloss, Echium vulgare

Flowering viper's bugloss, Echium vulgare

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Caption: Viper's bugloss. Flowering viper's bugloss plant, Echium vulgare. This plant's young leaves can be eaten in salads. The juice is used as a cosmetic to soften reddened and delicate skin. The flower- ing tops can be chopped to make poultices to treat whitlows and boils. The root can be used to make a red dye. Viper's bugloss is a perennial plant which grows in uncultivated fields and road verges in low-lying areas of Britain and Europe. It flowers from May to September, and is gathered for use in July. The plant's common name comes from the resemblence of its fruit to the head of the viper snake. Photographed in France during August.

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