Echium vulgare L.
Common Name: BLUEWEED, VIPER'S BUGLOSS
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad B-Forb

A Eurasian native, now locally an established weed, perhaps once escaped from cultivation. Dry, disturbed, usually sandy or gravelly places: roadsides, railroads, fields, vacant lots. First collected in Michigan in 1897 in Kent Co. and soon afterwards found in St. Clair Co. Now common in the Lower Peninsula, though still quite local in the Upper Peninsula.

The bristly hairs on stem, calyx, and usually leaves make some people believe this plant is a kind of thistle. White-flowered forms have been collected in Michigan. The long style is distinctly bifid (0.5–1.5 mm at apex), the corolla is ± pubescent, and the pedicels are all subtended by bracts.

Locations

Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Clinton County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 17, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=569.