Melampyrum lineare Desr.
Narrowleaf Cow-wheat, Narrow-leaved Cow-wheat, Cow Wheat
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: MELI2
A low, upward-branching plant with small, tubular, creamy white, 2-lipped flowers on short stalks in axils of upper leaves.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CT , DC , DE , GA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, and northwest to Tennessee, Illinois, and Minnesota; also in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.
Native Habitat: Dry to moist woods, bogs, and rocky barrens.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Dry , Moist
BenefitWarning: Alfalfa can be toxic to animals and mildly toxic to some humans if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small si
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Melampyrum lineare in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Melampyrum lineare in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Melampyrum lineare
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-02-11
Research By: TWC Staff