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Please can anyone help me identify this plant that's in a garden I walk past on my way to work. It's been in flower for months and I'd really like to put one in my own garden.

Just recently another plant has come out alongside & underneath it with similar coloured flowers, and I'd quite like to know what that is too.


Many thanks, Valerie


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,172

    the first is an echium, without seeing the whole plant I couldn't say which but probably Echium vulgare. The second is too small and blurred for me to see

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I'll try to take some better pictures. But it doesn't seem right somehow to stop outside someone's garden with a camera for too long.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,172

    no, you might get arrested.

    Knock on the door and ask

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • I've had a look at some Echium pictures online and the colours look very similar to the vulgare.  Lots of blue, purple and pink. The plant is quite woody stemmed at the back and the flower stems lay fairly flat to the ground rather than sticking upright. But that may be due to the sloped bed it's in.  I've taken a couple of close up pictures, one of each plant. Hopefully they're easier to see. imageimage

    I don't know if it's prickly. Certainly the second plant doesn't appear to be. 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,172

    I think the second may be one of the cultivars of Echium vulgare that's grown as an annual, Blue Bedder is one of them.

    No doubt in my mind re the first, the native species Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • That's fantastic, thank you. I shall be adding a Viper's Bugloss to my list of plants to buy next spring.

    Thanks again.

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