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Lithospermum latifolium
American gromwell


Interesting info

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.