[The Borage Family East of the Cascade Mts.]

Viper's Bugloss

Echium vulgare

The photo above shows a close-up of the irregular corolla of viper's bugloss as seen at the Painted Rocks trail along the lower Little Spokane River.......................June 1, 2008.

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower bud and long, narrow calyx lobes of viper's bugloss as seen at the Painted Rocks trail along the lower Little Spokane River.......................June 1, 2008. Note the numerous hairs on the outer surface of the corolla.

The photo above shows viper's bugloss as seen at the Painted Rocks trail along the lower Little Spokane River.......................June 1, 2008. Although attractive, this species is a troublesome, very invasive weed introduced to Spokane County in about 1948.

Paul Slichter