Common bugloss

(Anchusa officinalis)

  • 1 - 2' tall by 1 - 2' wide
  • Blooms June to October
  • Flowers 1/2" wide, bright blue to purple with white throats
  • Flower stems start out coiled, then straighten out as flower buds open
  • Fruit 4-chambered nutlet, 1 seed each
  • Stems fleshy, hairy, angular; multiple stems from single root crown
  • Leaves narrow, slightly pointed,alternate, get smaller up stem, fleshy and hairy
  • Roots historically used to make dyes

Known Distribution


There are few occurrences of this species documented in Colorado. View the knownNorth American Distribution Map.
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