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Echium russicum (Red-flowered viper's grass) Herb Plant

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Red-flowered viper's grass (Echium russicum) Herb in 1L Pot 

Red-flowered viper's grass, Red Vipers Bugloss or Russian Echium is considered a biennial but if the conditions are right it may survive as a perennial, growing to a height of 60cm it will particularly thrive in chalky/sandy soil with full sun but will tolerate most soil conditions as long as it is well-drained. With 30-40 flowers on each stem from June to late August, the flowers of Echium russicum are a beautiful dark red colour flecked with pink, showing long red stamens. Dead head regularly to promote new flowers.

If you want to self-propagate once established then Red-flowered viper's grass should not be cut down until after seed set in the late summer.  Bees and butterflies love it, so it is at home in a wildlife garden but equally so in a mixed border. 

Herb usage

Red-flowered viper's grass gets its common name from the tale that it was an expellent of poisons and venom and could cure the bite of a viper! Its seeds also resemble snakes heads so this could also be a reason for this tale.  In herbal medicine it was said that a tincture of this plant would alleviate fevers, headaches and nervous complaints and could relieve inflammatory pains. WARNING - All parts of this plant can cause mild stomach upset if ingested.

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Our potted Red-flowered viper's grass herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Chalky, sandy soil and an open site.
Flower Colour:
Height x Spread:
60cm x 90cm
Latin Name:
Echium russicum
RHS rating H7 very hardy

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  1. VIPERS RED BUGLOSS 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jun 2015

    After buying the Blue Bugloss from your stand at the the Blenheim show i decided to buy the red Bugloss from your Website.
    The bees love the two plants together!