HOUNDSTONGUE
(Cynoglossum officinale L.)
 

GROWTH HABIT: Biennial, spread by seed. Rosette is formed on grouond 1st year, flowering stalk elongates 2nd year.

LEAVES: Velvety to touch, Basal - broad, lance-shaped. Upper - narrower, pointed, clasping stem.

STEMS: Heavy, erect, usually branched above, to 3' tall.

FLOWERS: Dark red, rarely white,   1/4 " diameter in terminal clusters.

ROOTS: Taproot.

SEEDS: Fruit consists of 4 flattened bur-like nutlets, each 1/4" long with short barbed appendages.

OTHER: Burs attach to hair and fur of animals and are easily transported.

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