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Annual bugloss identification and control: Lycopsis arvensis (syn. Anchusa arvensis)

Annual bugloss identification and control

Lycopsis arvensis, Boraginaceae Family

Annual bugloss is an annual weed introduced from Europe, more often found in eastern Washington than in King County.  It tends to show up in disturbed sites, especially with sandy soil, and it can be a serious problem in crops.  The plant is covered with rough hairs and it produces small blue flowers. It is in the same family as the forget-me-not.

Legal status in King County, Washington

Public and private landowners are required to control infestations of annual bugloss on their property in King County. Annual bugloss is a Class B Noxious Weed in Washington, first listed in 1991. It is designated for required control in King County by the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board and is on the list of Regulated Class B Noxious Weeds in King County. For more information, see Noxious weed lists and laws.

Additional information on annual bugloss

What to do if you find this plant in King County, Washington

Please notify us if you see annual bugloss growing in King County.  Our program staff can provide the property owner or appropriate public agency with site-specific advice on how best to remove it.  Also, because annual bugloss is not established in King County, we have an opportunity to stop it from spreading if we act quickly.  We map all known locations of regulated noxious weeds such as annual bugloss in order to help us and others locate new infestations in time to control them.

Annual bugloss photos

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annual bugloss flower- please click for larger image
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Report annual bugloss in King County, Washington

Locate annual bugloss in King County, Washington

Related information

Related agencies

Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).