Photographer: Sue R. Crispin
Trichostema brachiatum L.
Trichostema: from trichos, "hair," and stema, "stamens," and alluding to the hair-like stamens
brachiatum: from bracchium, the arm (less correctly: brachium)
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 8"-16" tall, aromatic forb, finely hairy; stems square with many branches|
|Flower: ||blue, 5-parted, 1/4" long, bell-like, almost regular, lower lip long and curved downward; inflorescence 1 to 3 flowers from the leaf axils; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Leaf:||opposite, short-stalked, elliptical to lance-shaped|
|Habitat: ||dry; prairies, barrens|