Echium  italicum L. 

Е. italicum L., .Sp. PI., ed. 1 (1753) 139; Vel. Fl. Bulg. (1891) 396; Hayek, Prodr. Fl. Penins. Bale., II (1928) 93; Gibbs, Fl. Eur., Ill (1972) 98; E. altissimum Jacq., Fl. Austr., V (1778) 35; tab. 2; Vel., op. c., 397; E. italicum vär. altissimum{Jacq.) Stoj. et Stef., Фл. Бълг., изд. 1, II (1925) 918 — Италианско усойниче


Genus ECHIUM L.    

Species:  Echium  italicum  L.

English Name:  Pale Viper's-bugloss, Italian viper's bugloss  


This suberb specimen plant makes an impressive rosette of many long, branching, hairy grey stems. The sprays of icing pink flowers around the stems are produced from June until October, with the main, quite spectacular flush, in July.

Flowering Time: May -  June in Bulgaria

Origin:  „Флора на НР България”, том IX, БАН, София, (1989)

Distribution in Bulgaria

These plants grow on grassy and stony places, around roads as well in the plains as in mountains. In all appropriate floristic regions in Bulgaria up to 1000 m altitude.


South- and Central- (southern parts) Europe, Mediterranean, Caucasus, South-West Asia.

Conservation status and threats: This species is not protected  in Bulgaria by theBiodiversity Law. Законодателство на Република България: Закон за биологичното разнообразие

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