Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Lithospermum officinale L.
common gromwell, European gromwell
Lithospermum: from Greek lithos, "stone," and sperma, "seed"
officinale: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, up to 3' tall forb, usually with many branches|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, 1/4" long or less, funnel-shaped; solitary from the crowded, upper leaf axils; blooms May-Aug.|
|Fruit:||nutlets egg-shaped, white to light brown, shiny, either smooth or with some pits |
|Leaf:||mostly stalkless or with very short stalks, lance-like, 1/4"-2/3" wide with 2-3 prominent veins on each side|
|Habitat: ||disturbed areas|