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Echium vulgare ( Viper's Bugloss) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Vipers Bugloss(Echium vulgare) Herb in 1 Litre Pot 

Vipers Bugloss is a biennial plant, growing to a height of 50-120cm 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 vulgare are a beautiful violet blue in colour flecked with dark pink, and showing long red stamens. Dead head regularly to promote new flowers.

If you want to self-propagate once established then Vipers Bugloss 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

Viper's Bugloss 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.

Buy Vipers Bugloss Online

Our potted Vipers Bugloss herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Echium vulgare ( Viper's Bugloss) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Well-drained soil
Flower Colour Blue
Height 120cm
Spread 45cm
Latin Name Echium vulgare
Hardiness RHS rating H7 - Very hardy
Culinary None
Scented Flowers
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Wildlife
  • 5
    Vipers Buglos

    Posted by Annabelle on 10th Aug 2020

    Excellent condition on arrival because of the speed of the delivery and the fantastic packaging. Very pleased.

  • 4
    Arrived in good condition but pot-bound

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Aug 2019

    Plant arrived healthy and in good condition. It was well packed and protected. However I was surprised to find it pot bound. Thankfully, having prised the roots apart and potted it on it is growing away well.

  • 5
    Really well packed, large plant

    Posted by Ann Mead on 13th Jun 2018

    I am very impressed with the Vipers Bugloss I received from Hooks Green Herbs, I even ordered another two as well. I'd previously ordered some Vipers Bugloss from another company and the plants had come out in the box so it was all a mess and I was trying to rescue them. These plants by contrast from Hooks Green Herbs had their own special plant container holding them and the soil in place and were large plants by comparison and look robust. I have had some slight problems with powdery mildew on a couple but this could be from our garden and I've just treated them with milk and water which is working well. The plants are flowering now and the bees are loving them! Thanks for strong, large well packed Vipers Bugloss plants A+