Anchusa arvensis
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Anchusa arvensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Anchusa
A. arvensis
Binomial name
Anchusa arvensis

Lycopsis arvensis

Anchusa arvensis is a plant species of the genus Anchusa. Its common names include small bugloss and annual bugloss.


This is a hairy annual herb which may reach half a meter in height. It bears small blue tubular flowers, four nutlets per flower, and one seed per nutlet. Leaves are very bristly and warty-looking, which differentiates it from similar species like Pentaglottis sempervirens and Myosotis arvensis.

Distribution and Habitat

The plant is native to Europe, and is found elsewhere.

Anchusa arvensis is found in arable field margins, sandy heaths, disturbed ground.[1]

In the UK it is a declining species with patchy distribution,[2] however conservation status as of 2005 is least concern.[3]

Anchusa arvensis flowers April to September in the UK.[4]


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