Viper's Herb or Grass: Blue Thistle: Snake-flower: Blue Devil. Echium vulgare.

Borage Family. June - Sept.

A plant 12 - 30 inches high, with bristly, hairy, spotted stem, found in fields, waste places, along roadsides. Naturalized from Europe.

Flowers

Variable purple, pink in the bud, 5 un-equal lobes, borne on a 1-sided spike, which is coiled at first, unrolling as the flowers expand..

Leaves

Lance-shaped, hairy, mostly stemless.