Lithospermum caroliniense (J.F. Gmel.) MacM.

Hairy Puccoon

Lithospermum caroliniense plant

Family - Boraginaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Lithospermum caroliniense stem

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Lithospermum caroliniense leaves

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Lithospermum caroliniense calyxCalyx.

Lithospermum caroliniense flower

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Sandy open ground, sandy prairies, sandy roadsides and railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This brilliant species can be found in a few scattered counties throughout Missouri where its sandy habitat occurs. The plant is fairly uncommon but can be identified by its hispid-hairy stems, crowded leaves, and big orange-yellow flowers. Although it would make a fascinating garden subject, Steyermark reported that he had trouble transplanting and growing the plant from seed.
A similar and much more common species, L. cansecens (Michx.) Lehm., is found essentially throughout Missouri and has is a smaller plant all-together. It has densely hairy, soft-pubescent stems.

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.