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fringed gromwell, puccoon
Boraginaceae - Borage / Forget-me-not
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
DescriptionThis 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 Size2 inches to 1 ft.
BloomThe 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 FactsAlthough individually conspicuous, these plants are often obscured by other plants. The word Puccoon comes from the Virginia Algonquain word poughkone.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesA 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 SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve