Invasive Plant

Common bugloss

Anchusa officinalis

About This Species

Common bugloss invades disturbed areas such as pastures and hay fields, which reduces the yield of these crops. It is considered regionally noxious in the Kootenay-Boundary region.

How to Identify

The bugloss plant grows upright and 30-80 cm tall. Immature stems are coiled, like a fern fiddlehead, and gradually straighten out as each flower opens. Leaves are long, pointed, and have a fuzzy texture. Mature flowers are small and a bright purple blue colour with white centres. Fruits are nut-like and occur in groups of four.

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Cutting or mowing plants before they flower is key to prevent seed production. Plants and all plant parts should be bagged, removed from the site, and burned. Monitor disturbed sites, especially on sandy or gravelly areas, for new outbreaks. Please take care to clean equipment, vehicles, and footwear before leaving an infested area.

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