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Omphalodes aliena

Omphalodes aliena A. Gray

Mexican Navelwort

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Cordate , Ovate
Leaf Apex: Apiculate
Leaf Base: Cordate
Inflorescence: Raceme , Terminal
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Plant decumbent, stems to about 60 cm in length. (Bibref 293).
Fruit: Mericarps 4, depressed, forming a pyramid, attached to the small carpophore by their inner faces. (Bibref 293).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Bloom Notes: Corolla rotate, sky-blue or sometimes white, yellow in the throat. (Bibref 293).


Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos Texas and adjacent Mexico.
Native Habitat: Limestone areas. (Bibref 293).

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Found on moist soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes


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

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-09-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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