Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hound's-tongue - Cynoglossum officinale   L.
Members of Boraginaceae:
Only member of Cynoglossum in NC.
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains; also Rowan County. A specimen from Orange County has no data or image at SERNEC. Specimens from Polk and Transylvania counties are Andersonglossum virginianum, a native species.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout Canada and the U.S. except the Deep South.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadside, open slope, meadow, rock outcrop, recently deforested bald at 5,000 feet (Madison Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationHound's-tongue is a glaucous or glaucescent plant 2-3 feet tall with soft pubescence. The leaves are alternate and numerous on the stem, broadly lance-shaped. The flowers grow in short racemes, the petals red to maroon.
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B.A. SorrieMont Saint Pierre, Quebec, July 1987. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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