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Euphrasia nemorosa (Pers.) Wallr.
Common eyebright, Eyebright
Synonyms: Euphrasia curta
USDA Symbol: EUNE3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small plant with short, spike-like, terminal clusters of pale lavender flowers on a hairy stem and its branches.
There are several species of eyebright, native to the colder regions. They are partly parasitic on the roots of other plants. The common name refers to the fact that the plants were at one time used to treat eye diseases and improve vision. The genus name, from the Greek word for cheerfulness, may allude to the same properties.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
CT , MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , VT , WA Canada: NL
, PE Native Distribution:
Ontario east to Newfoundland and south to Connecticut; also in Michigan and Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Fields and roadsides. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsSoil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff