Unknown in borage family

Submitted by Novak on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 07:30

I got this plant labeled as Eritrichium pectinatum, which is clearly wrong. The plant is 10" tall, slightly pubescent, with 3" lanceolate leaves.


Any ideas?


Submitted by Novak on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 07:34

Evidently I haven't got the hang of adding photos. Trying again....

Submitted by IMYoung on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 08:19

Hello Janet,

Looks like Cynoglossum officinale



Submitted by Novak on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 11:55

Ah, Cynoglossum! I don't think it's C. officinale, which generally has dark purplish flowers, but it does look like C. amabile. Maggi, thanks for putting me on the right track!


I meant just to say it was some type of Cynoglosum, baesd on the seed head - must have written C. officinale  automatically - at least it was some use to you, Janet!



it certainly does resemble Cynoglossum but doesn't Cynoglossum amabile have big, coarse basal leaves?

It looks rather like Eritrichium canum... ?


Sorry Lori, just  now spotted your post above .

I think the clincher for me of a Cynoglossum is the seed head  - that quatrefoil shape, with little hooks/bristles is, I thought,  a diagnostic?

Submitted by Novak on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:03

I'm sticking with Cynoglossum on this. An illustration of Eritrichium canum (http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=93178&flora_id=5) shows the seeds forming a pyramid, whereas the seeds on my plant form a flat cluster.