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Taxon: Anchusa officinalis L.

Genus: Anchusa
Family: Boraginaceae subfamily: Boraginoideae
Nomen number: 3105
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:133. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 26-May-1994 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
OR*, WA*°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • alkanet   (Source: F BritStace ) – English
  • bugloss   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • common bugloss   (Source: Pulmonaria ) – English
  • oxtongue   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • buglosse officinale   (Source: Pulmonaria ) – French
  • gemeine Ochsenzunge   (Source: Pulmonaria ) – German
  • gewöhnliche Ochsenzunge   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • buglossa   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • buglosa   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Spanish
  • oxtunga   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Turkey
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Sweden [s.]
    Middle Europe: Austria; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part [w.]; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Spain - Baleares

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northern Europe: Finland; Norway
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California, Utah
    Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, La Pampa

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Anchusa officinalis L.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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