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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 January, 2016

Bugloss: true blue

Whilst many of us will be familiar with the common viper's-bugloss we may not be so with plain and simple bugloss (Anchusa arvensis). The two species are not closely related with bugloss being a lungwort whilst the viper's-bugloss is an echium; both are sub-groups of the borage family, boraginacaea.
Bugloss is very much an arable weed and is far less common that it once was due to modern herbicides, indeed it is considered an obnoxious weed in some quarters and has been singled out for attack. It is often found close to the sea and I have only found it on neglected farmland at Holton Lee near the shore of Poole Harbour. Viper's-bugloss is a flower of scrubby and bare calcareous soils. Bugloss has bright blue flowers with white 'honey guides' and can be seen in flower from April to September. It is short plant rarely growing more than a foot tall. 
Sadly I have not been able to find out much else about this species. 
Bugloss: true blue