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It's an ordinary bruise.
Botanical description. Common bruise (Latin: Échium vulgáre L.), limited synonyms: rannik blue, Blush blue – a biennial herbaceous plant, a species of the genus Bruise (Échium) of the Borage family (Boraginaceae). The plant is up to 1 m tall, covered with prickly bristles with an admixture of small whitish-gray villi on a round, erect, usually simple stem. The leaves are linear-lanceolate, pointed, up to 13 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, with one well-marked middle vein, sessile, only the lowest (dying during flowering) are narrowed at the base into a short petiole. Flowers are sessile, located on short side branches, forming a narrow paniculate inflorescence along the stem. The calyx is five-part, the Corolla is blue, reddish before blooming, for which the plant is popularly called a blush, 10-15 mm long, with blunt blades; the Corolla tube does not protrude from the calyx. The column is two-part. Blooms in summer. Nuts are brownish, obtuse.

Habitat. It grows on dry slopes, along ravines in wastelands in forest and steppe zones. It grows as a weed in pastures, in crops, near housing and roads, sometimes bred near apiaries as a honey plant.

Ecology. Light-loving, drought-resistant plant, demanding soil fertility, growing well on soils rich in humus and mineral nutrition elements.

Distribution. It grows in most of Europe, Western Siberia, and Western Central Asia. In the Altai reserve, a rare adventive (drift) plant. It is found only in the teletskiy floristic district. It grows at altitudes of 435-600 m above sea level.

Echium vulgare L. - common bruise. Photo By A. Lotov
Features. All parts of the plant are poisonous, as they contain cynoglossin, a poison similar to curare, as well as consolidated, which is also a strong nerve poison. Saponins, choline, and vitamin C are found in the leaves and stems. Monocarpic (a plant that reproduces (blooms or bears fruit) only once during its life).

Value. Ornamental plant. Honey plant. Blooming bruise is a very valuable honeybee, bees extract 300-400 kg of honey from 1 hectare. The colorless and transparent nectar of the bruise is odorless. Blue honey - thick and slowly crystallizes, belongs to the first-class honey, has a light amber color, has a pleasant smell and very good taste. Medicinal plant. Despite the poisonous bruise of the ordinary is widely used in folk medicine. In herbalists of the XIX century, its use is mentioned for falling and from the bite of snakes. Common bruise is used in modern folk medicine in the Caucasus, Belarus, Central black earth regions, Central Asia and Siberia. It is taken orally as a soothing anticonvulsant for epilepsy and as an expectorant for bronchitis, whooping cough and laryngitis. Externally, the infusion or decoction is taken in the form of compresses for joint pain and tendon stretching. Decoction of roots is used as a good blood purifier.
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