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Taxon: Buglossoides purpurocaerulea (L.) I. M. Johnst.

Genus: Buglossoides
Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Tribe: Lithospermeae
Nomen number: 407009
Place of publication: J. Arnold Arbor. 35:44. 1954 "purpureo-caeruleum"
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 21-Mar-1997 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 25-Jul-2002
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

  • blue gromwell  (Source: Pulmonaria) - English
  • purple gromwell  (Source: F BritStace) - English
  • grémil pourpre-bleu  (Source: Pulmonaria) - French
  • blauer Steinsame  (Source: Pulmonaria) - German
  • blauroter Steinsame  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • purpurblauer Steinsame  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • rotblauer Steinsame  (Source: Pulmonaria) - German
  • färgväxlare  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • vorobejnik fioletovyj  (Source: F Armenia) - Transliterated Russian
  • vorobejnik purpurno-goluboj  (Source: Pulmonaria) - Transliterated Russian

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed16, as Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum; H. Riedl, pers. comm. 1996; Pulmonaria 89.); ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed16, as Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum; H. Riedl, pers. comm. 1996; Pulmonaria 89.)

Distributional Range:


    • WESTERN ASIA: Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey
    • CAUCASUS: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia [Ciscaucasia]

    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Moldova, Russian Federation-European part, [European part] Ukraine (incl. Krym)
    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy (incl. Sicily), Serbia, Slovenia
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: France, Spain

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource) (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  2. Bennett, M. Pulmonarias and the Borage family (Pulmonaria) 89.
  3. Czerepanov, S. K. Vascular plants of Russia and adjacent states (the former USSR) (L USSR)
  4. Davis, P. H., ed. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands. (F Turk)
  5. Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage (Zander ed16)
  6. Euro+Med Editorial Committee Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource). (EuroMed Plantbase)
  7. Greuter, W. et al., eds. Med-Checklist. (L Medit)
  8. Hilger, H. H. et al. 2005. The Euro+Med treatment of Boraginaceae in Willdenowia 34 – a response (Willdenowia) 35:46.
  9. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening (Dict Gard)
  10. Riedl, H. 1996. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  11. Stace, C. New flora of the British Isles. (F BritStace)
  12. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. (F Eur)

Check other web resources for Buglossoides purpurocaerulea (L.) I. M. Johnst. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=407009. Accessed 17 June 2019.