One of the best herbs for bees, this hardy biennial with tall spikes of blue flowers was used to treat melancholy and troubles of the heart.
- One of the best bee herbs
- Good for wildflower gardens
- Attractive flowers
- Good butterfly herb
This British native is a hairy plant and the name Bugloss comes from the Greek meaning ‘ox tongue’ due to the roughness of the leaves. It has tall dense spikes of blue flowers that are an important source of food for a range of insects. No longer used medicinally.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Well drained
- Flower colour: Blue
- Flowering period: June-July
A biennial, viper’s bugloss just grows leaves in the first and then throws up masses of blue flowering stems the following summer. It likes a well-drained site in full sun and it is a herb better grown in the ground where it can really be appreciated. It does self-seed but not profusely, the seeds when ripe can also be collected for sowing outside in autumn.
With its abundant nectar, viper’s bugloss is one of the top most attractive herbs for bees attracting different types of bumblebee’s particularly rarer ones if they are available, solitary bees, leaf cutter bees, honey bees, common carder bees.
A decoction of the seeds in wine was thought t drive away melancholy.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.