Spring Wildflowers at the Arboretum
Hoary Puccoon, Lithospermum canescens, photographed in west Curtis Prairie in early May. The plant can grow to 18 inches. Leaves and stems are hairy as the name ‘Hoary’ reflects. Blooms first appear in mid-spring and continue into early summer. The yellow-orange color and low growth make this plant easy to spot. The name ‘Puccoon’ is an American Indian term applied to several plants used for making redish pigment.