Echium (Purple Viper’s Bugloss) - Echium lycopsis

Echium lycopsis


Belonging to the Boraginaceae family, this annual or biennial plant measures between 20 and 60 cm. It has a stem with soft hairs which bears flowers in a funnel. Originating from Europe, it is nicknamed viper’s bugloss because its flowers resemble a viper’s open jaw. It is common in the Mediterranean region on wasteland and in hedgerows.


Echium was widely used against inflammatory fevers, pneumonia and eruptive diseases like measles, smallpox and scarlet fever.


Viper’s bugloss possesses protective, antiradical and softening properties. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and stearidonic acid, it is used as an emollient on sensitive and irritated skins and produces a sensation of comfort and soothing.

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