nEchiuma genus of bristly herbs and shrubs of the family Boraginaceae
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nechiumA genus of boraginaceous plants, tall hairy herbs or somewhat shrubby, natives of the old world. There are about 50 species, chiefly of the Mediterranean region and South Africa, of which the common viper's-bugloss, or blueweed, E. vulgare, with showy blue flowers, has become naturalized in some parts of the United States.
Echium vulgare, a humbug, merely a case like Thymus.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin