Invasive Plant

Blueweed

Echium vulgare
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Warning

Blueweed is toxic to horses and cattle.

About This Species

Blueweed is a noxious weed throughout BC. It is toxic to horses and cattle and thereby reduces forage quality in rangelands and pastures, resulting in economic losses.

How to Identify

Blueweed grows 30-80 cm tall, has an upright, unbranched form with blue, funnel-shaped flowers on the top part of the plant. Leaves are present on the lower half of the plant. Leaves and stems are very hairy.

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A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Blueweed include:

  • Large-leaved lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)
  • Blue hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Woodland sage (Salvia nemorosa)
  • Penstemon (Penstemon hybrids)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium glaucum)
  • Showy daisy (Erigeron speciosus)

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