Friday, July 13, 2007

Viper's bugloss


I'm not entirely sure of the origin for the name of this plant. A member of the borage family - it has some historical medicinal uses and can even result in blue hued honey when bees visit it. According to "Wildflower's of Algonquin" it has seeds which look like a viper's head (which was apparently intrepreted by our ancestors as a sign that the plant could treat snake bites) Bugloss - has nothing to do with bugs, but is the name for an oxtoung - which again the flowers were thought to resemble. Thus, Viper's Bugloss.. a neat plant to be sure.
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