Stem. - Rough, bristly, erect, about two feet high. Leaves. - Alternate, lance-shaped, set close to the stem. Flowers. - Bright blue, spiked on one side of the branches, which are at first rolled up from the end, straightening as the blossoms expand. Calyx. - Five-parted. Corolla. - Of five somewhat unequal, spreading lobes. Stamens. - Five, protruding, red. Pistil. - One.
Plate XCIV. Blueweed. - E. vulgare
When the blueweed first came to us from across the sea it secured a foothold in Virginia. Since then it has gradually worked its way northward, lining the Hudson's shores, overrunning many of the dry fields in its vicinity, and making itself at home in parts of New England. We should be obliged to rank it among the "pestiferous" weeds were it not that, as a rule, it only seeks to monopolize land which is not good for very much else. The pinkish buds and bright blue blossoms with their red protruding stamens make a valuable addition, from the aesthetic point of view, to the bunch of midsummer field-flowers in which hitherto the various shades of red and yellow have predominated.