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Bouchetia erecta (Erect bouchetia)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Bouchetia erecta

Bouchetia erecta DC.

Erect Bouchetia, Painted-tongue, Paintedtongue, Painted Tongue

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s): Bouchetia anamola, Salpiglossis erecta

USDA Symbol: BOER3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

10 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: Found in rocky slopes and prairies in Central and South Texas. Endemic. Well-drained clay, sand.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Painted tongue is an easily overlooked plant that likes to hide among grasses and other prairie plants. Best when featured along the edge of a path or in a pot. Its lovely white flowers shine like little stars for those who look closely enough to appreciate them.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal


Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0200 Collected Apr. 1, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0879 Collected May 6, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1022 Collected 2007-06-03 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Bouchetia erecta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bouchetia erecta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bouchetia erecta


Record Modified: 2023-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU

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