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Marcus, Joseph A.
Dyschoriste linearis (Torr. & Gray) Kuntze
Snake herb, Polkadots, Narrowleaf dyschoriste
USDA Symbol: DYLI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Several erect stems, 6–12 inches tall, grow from the root of this plant, the branches and stems are covered with stiff, coarse hairs. The leaves are opposite, 3/4–2 3/4 inches long, attached directly to the 4-sided stem. The 2-lipped flowers are 1/2–1 inch long and up to 1 inch across, lavender to purple, with purple stripes in the throat. They grow in the leaf axils on very short stems and are somewhat tucked in between the leaves, scattered here and there on the main stem.
Pale lavender to purple, two-lipped bell-shaped flowers occur in leaf axils in late spring and repeats in late summer with sufficient moisture.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
OK , TX Native Habitat:
Found on rocky-grassy slopes, silty flats or above caprock in most of the western two thirds of Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, limestone. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet Heat Tolerant:
a variety of sandy, silty, or rocky soils with good drainage Conditions Comments:
Erect, upright, coarsely hairy herb
with multiple, mostly unbranched, square stems. Rigid leaves linear-oblong or narrowly spathulate with fringed edges. Pale lavender to purple, two-lipped bell-shaped flowers occur in leaf axils in late spring and repeats in late summer with sufficient moisture.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1028
Collected May 10, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
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Record Modified: 2009-02-09
Research By: TWC Staff, TMH, JSC