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Onosmodium bejariense var. bejariense (Soft-hair marbleseed)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Onosmodium bejariense var. bejariense

Onosmodium bejariense DC. ex A. DC. var. bejariense

Soft-hair Marbleseed, False Gromwell

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Onosmodium molle, Onosmodium molle ssp. bejariense, Onosmodium molle ssp. molle, Onosmodium molle var. bejariense


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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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: White , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , AR , IL , KY , LA , MD , OK , TN , TX
Native Habitat: Well drained soils in open woodlands or roadsides.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: After the plant goes dormant in the winter, pearly white dried fruits are evident. These stay on the dead stems over winter. Propagate from seed in spring or cutting in late summer.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Marbleseed (Onosmodium sp.) propagation and use as groundcover for
October 08, 2007
I am interested in any information, esp. propagation & suitability as a landscape plant, (possible ground cover?) for marble seed. I have found it growing in deep shade on stream banks. It has a 4--...
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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
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Onosmodium bejariense var. bejariense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Onosmodium bejariense var. bejariense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Onosmodium bejariense var. bejariense


Record Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: NPC

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