Photographer: Merel R. Black
Lithospermum canescens (Michx.) Lehm.
Lithospermum: from Greek lithos, "stone," and sperma, "seed"
canescens: Latin for "generally hoary or whitish" from appearance of plant due to tiny white hairs
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-18" tall forb; often as many as 5 stems, usually unbranched; stout taproot|
|Flower: ||orange to yellow, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, funnel-shaped, petal lips smooth; inflorescence 1-3 densely-flowered, branched, curving clusters (cymes); blooms April-June|
|Fruit:||yellowish- white, smooth, shiny nutlet |
|Leaf:||softly pale gray with a dense fuzz; mostly growing from opposite sides of the stem|
|Habitat: ||dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods|
|Notes: ||usually blooms earlier than L. caroliniense|