Lithospermum canescens (Michx.) Lehm. 

Hoary Puccoon

Names and Myths

Lithospermum  Greek lithos, stone and spemra seed

canescens hoary

Puccoon – A dye source used by the Algonquian Indians.

Natural history / Folklore

The flowers are dimorphic, two different forms, the difference being in the length of their styles and stamens. The pollen of the long styled morphs fertilizes the short styled morph and visa versa.9


Erect plant with orange yellow five-lobed tubular flowers. Hairy stem. Dry open woods.

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