FRINGED PUCCOON
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Lithospermum incisum  Lehm.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-16 inches
Family: Boraginaceae - Borage Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Also Called: Narrow-leaf gromwell.
Stems: Erect or ascending, 1 to several, usually branched above, appressed-hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, sessile, linear, 1/2 to 2 inches long, less than 1/4 inch wide, appressed-hairy; margins entire; tips pointed.
Inflorescences: Cymes, leafy, terminal.
Flowers: Flowers of 2 kinds; early spring flowers showy; calyces 5-lobed, much shorter than corollas; corollas trumpet-shaped, tube 3/4 to 2 inches long, top limb about 1/2 inch wide, 5-lobed, bright or pale yellow; margins of lobes prominently fringed; late spring and summer flowers inconspicuous; corollas less than 1/4 inch long or absent, self-pollinating.
Fruits: Nutlets, 4, small, smooth or pitted, shiny, white, each containing 1 seed.
Habitat: Dry, upland prairies, disturbed sites, and open woods, in sandy, clay, or loamy soils.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Uses: Native Americans used the roots, stems, and leaves to treat coughs, colds, delirium, and paralysis, and obtained a bluish-violet dye from the roots.
Comments: "Puccoon" is a Native American word.
 See also hoary puccoon and Carolina puccoon .

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