|Scientific Name||Anchusa officinalis|
|Common Names||English: Common bugloss, common alkanet; German: Gemeine Ochsenzunge, French: Buglosse officinale; Spanish: Buglosa; Italian: buglossa comune|
|Description||Perennial herb with a deep taproot, belongs to the family of Boraginaceae.|
Flowers purplish blue.
Tube uncurved. 5 equal lobes in a cyme (coiled flower stem) of more than 5, leaves linear, not wavy, hairs do not have warty base.
Robust hairy, angular stems grow 30 - 60 cm (1 - 2 feet) at maturity. Plants produce several flowering stalks.
Lower leaves are lance-shaped with a stalk attaching it to stems while upper leaves are stalkless with either smooth or slightly toothed edges. The slightly pointed leaves are succulent and fleshy and covered with stiff hairs.
Initially reddish, later turning deep blue to purple with white centres. Flowers originate at the ends of the stalks with each flower stem coiled like a fiddleneck at first. As each flower bud opens the coil gradually straightens out.
Four chambered nutlet; each nutlet contains one seed.
Main germination period is from July-October.
Each flower produces 4 small, nutlet-like seeds. One plant produces an average of 900 seeds.
Roadsides, pastures and waste ground, preferring warmer areas.
Dry, nutritious, but lime free, sandy and gravelly soils.
Common bugloss invades alfalfa fields, pastures, and waste areas. The fleshy stalks can cause hay bales to mold.
Integrated Crop Management
To avoid further spread of common bugloss prevent seed production to uninfested areas. Cut or pull isolated plants before flowering. If flowering has occurred, bag and remove the plants for burning.
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