Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NEW WILDFLOWER FIND

Today I found a new wildflower nestled in among a group of twist leaf yucca. I quickly identified it as Fringed Puccoon, Lithospermum incisum. It makes a very attractive clump, the flowers having 5 fringed petals united to form a long tube. Have I missed it before or did the weather just produce the right conditions for it to bloom. The roots, which produce a red/purple dye were used by the native tribes and settlers. They also had medicinal uses.
I shall be looking out for the seeds to form in the hope of growing some in the rock garden.

8 comments:

  1. Hey, I like it! And what a wonderful name 'Fringed Puccoon'.
    Sounds so exotic.
    David/ Houston

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  2. It's a lovely little thing. What a great find. You've gotta love these little surprises that pop up in the garden every now and then. Fantastic common name!

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  3. Reminds me of our little native monkey flowers, mimulus.

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  4. what an incredible find...good luck with the seeds and growing more

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  5. What a special find - hoping that you'll be able to grow more from its seed. Chris

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  6. This is a pretty little thing!!! Hope you can grow more from the seed!!!

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  7. Those are wild flowers? Wow! they are so lovely and bright as daffodils. I wont mind having clumps of them in my garden which are mainly white flowers!

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  8. What a lovely bloom. The only things I find in my garden are weeds!

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