Lithospermum officinale L.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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  • Scientific Name

    Lithospermum officinale L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Erect, usually much branched perennial to 1 m, the principal internodes usually less than 2 cm; lvs subsessile, lanceolate to oblong or oblanceolate, 6–15(–20) mm wide, gradually acute, with 2 or 3 conspicuous lateral veins on each side; fls solitary in the crowded upper axils, 3–15 mm apart at maturity, white or nearly so, 4–5 mm; cal-lobes nearly as long as the cor; nutlets ovoid, 3–3.5 mm, white to pale brown, shining, smooth or sparsely pitted; 2n=28. Native of Eurasia, intr. as a weed of waste places from Que. to Minn., s. to N.J. and Ill. May–Aug.

  • Common Names