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Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) is a member of the Boraginaceae or Forget-Me-Not family. It is a rough-hairy, erect, taprooted biennial which grows between 1- and 3-feet tall. The basal leaves are whorled, shaped like an inverted lance-head, stalked, from 2.5- to 10-inches long. The stem leaves are alternate, reduced upwards, becoming sessile towards the top. The flowers, in small clusters in the upper leaf axils, are showy, funnel form, blue (aging to pink), from 0.5- to 0.8-inches long. The stamens extend well past the corolla lobes. This is a native of Europe which has become widely established throughout the eastern US. It frequents roadsides, waste places and meadows. Flowering occurs between June and October.
Also seen in this shot is a silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), one of the most widespread Skippers in the eastern US.