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Cynoglossum grande (Pacific hound's tongue)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cynoglossum grande

Cynoglossum grande Douglas ex Lehm.

Pacific Hound's Tongue

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Several smooth stems with large, ovate, long-stalked leaves mostly near base and loose clusters of purple or blue flowers on branches at top.

The common name refers to the shape of the broad leaves. Native Americans used preparations from the root to treat burns and stomachaches. There are several species, all with blue to purple or maroon flowers and large rough nutlets that stick to clothing.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Western Washington south to southern California.
Native Habitat: Dry shaded places in woods.

Web Reference

Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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