Plant Database

//Plant Database

Welcome to our Plant Photo Gallery and Database. Explore, discover and learn from a collection of regularly updated descriptions, photographs and herbarium vouchers (pressed images) of diverse flora found at the two Santa Fe Botanical Garden sites.

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Lithospermum incisum
fringed gromwell, puccoon
Boraginaceae - Borage / Forget-me-not
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Helen Woody
  • Helen Woody

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Close up of flower side view

This native perennial often has clustered stems. Both stems and leaves have bristly hairs. The leaves are alternate and linear, mostly 1/8 to 2 inches long, without teeth. The basal leaves usually dry up before the plant blooms. It is found in dry uplands.
Mature Size
2 inches to 1 ft.
Flower Color
The flowers are bright yellow and tubular. The 5 united petals have irregularly toothed edges. These spring-blooming flowers are more or less infertile. Later, in the summer, the plant produces smaller, almost invisible flowers. From these come very fertile seeds.
Interesting Facts
Although individually conspicuous, these plants are often obscured by other plants. The word Puccoon comes from the Virginia Algonquain word poughkone.
Traditional and Medicinal Uses
A red or purple dye is present in the roots. It has a history of medicinal uses but contains potentially toxic alkaloids.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Sites
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve