Hoary Puccoon - Lithospermum croceum (Forget-me-not family - Boraginaceae)

 

Hoary Puccoon - Lithospermum croceum (Forget-me-not family - Boraginaceae) Puccoons have flattish or curled-over clusters of yellow or orange flowers. The 5 flat forget-me-not-like lobes flare from a tube that conceals the stamens. Leaves alternate, slender, toothless. 2- 20 in. April - June. Dry or sandy soil, roadsides, open woods. The Hairy Puccoon (L. croceum) has larger flowers (up to 1 in.), leaves are more numerous, wider and coarsely hairy.

 

 

 

The roots yield a purple stain, which explains the name Puccoon, a Native American word given to many plants that yielded a coloring matter. The generic name (from the Greek lithos, "stone," and sperma, "seed") derives from the small, hard nut they produce.

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