Lithospermum ruderale (Woolly Gromwell) - photos and description









General: Plants canescent making the foliage greyish-green. Stems leafy, usually several stems forming a dense clump.

Flowers: Many, crowded at the end of stems, the inflorescence leafy. Flowers are pale yellow, funnelform, we measured a flower at 1 cm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves crowded on stem, alternate, edges slightly rolled under. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, leaf highlighted in photo above was 9 cm long and 1 cm wide.

Height: Height listed in Flora of Alberta to 50 cm, we measured plants to 63 cm tall.

Habitat: Dry slopes and grassland in the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: This plant is rare, ranked as an S2 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 23rd, meadow on south facing slope, west block of the Cypress Hills, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.