Echium vulgare, Viper’s Bugloss,
Very attractive bright blue/pink flowers in the second year. This herb is renowned for self seeding. Mid green, lance shaped, bristly leaves, that can cause skin irritation. Wonderful for pollinators. Culinary; only the flowers are edible, use in drinks and salads.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Biennial
• Height: 50cm
• Spread: 40cm
• Soil type: Light Loam, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: Blue, Pink
• Flowering time: Summer in second year
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal
• Attracts pollinators: Yes
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: Yes
• Caution: The leaves can cause contact dermatitis.
• Indoor Sowing: In autumn or early spring, into prepared plug trays or pots, cover with perlite.
• Outdoor Sowing: In autumn or late spring, in a prepared site, where the soil is well drained. Thin seedlings to 45cm apart.
• Propagation: N/A
• Maintenance: N/A
• Harvest: N/A
Jekka's "How to Grow Herbs" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.