Lithospermum ruderale Douglas ex Lehm.
Western Stoneseed, Western Gromwell
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)
Synonym(s): Lithospermum pilosum
USDA Symbol: LIRU4
Several or many leafy stems in a clump produce, in the upper axils, clusters of 5-lobed light yellow flowers.
This species is sometimes called Puccoon, an Algonquian word for plants that yield dye, which alludes to the purple dye extracted from the roots.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Northeastern California to western Colorado; north to western Canada.
Native Habitat: Open places in sagebrush, juniper, or pine.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lithospermum ruderale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lithospermum ruderale in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lithospermum ruderale
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff