There are about 70 species of flowering plants that make up the Echium genus. They are native to North Africa, Europe and Central Asia. 27 species are endemic to the Canary, Madeira, and Cape Verde archipelagos.
Name Derivation: From Greek echis (viper), the nutlets resemble a viper's head
Common Name: Bugloss
Echium is in the family Boraginaceae.