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Lithospermum latifolium
American gromwell
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This bushy plant with tiny flowers is easy to overlook. Blooms in the spring, just about the time that the Virginia bluebells are winding down.

The flowers produce a single globe-like, silvery gray, hard seed.

The plants are found where the pokeweed grows, but the flower blooms before the pokeweed gets tall enough to shade them.

You ought to know

Height: 2'

Frequency: Several plants found in high, dry woods.

Blooms: April-May

Range: Considered infrequent to rare throughout Indiana.

Found from western New York to southern Minnesota, south to eastern Tennessee and Kansas.