Where to grow in my garden?
Attractive in a sunny border, or a mini meadow, preferring well drained soil.
Avoid cutting stems back after flowering, as these will develop seeds, which will self-sow freely around the garden.
Habitat: Dry grassland and brownfield sites, light dry soil, often near the coast.
Height: Up to 80cm
Growth Type: Biennial (Flowers in second year)
Position: Full sun to semi-shade
Soil Preference: Wide range, preferring lime rich soil with good drainage.
A drought tolerant plant.
5 Jumbo plug plants
Viper's Bugloss is one of the best plants for nectar.
Attractive to bees, hoverflies and butterflies such as the Painted Lady, Large Skipper and Small Skipper and the Humming-bird Hawk-moth.
It is also one of the food plants of the Painted Lady Butterfly, along with thistle, nettle and mallows.
Advised to plant in informal groups to encourage recognition and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.