Etymology: Blephilia: Greek for "eyelash" referring to hairy fringe of the bracts and calyx-teeth
Plants: erect, perennial, 5"-36" tall, aromatic forb; stems square and fuzzy
Leaves: opposite, lance-shaped to ovate, mostly stalkless
Flowers: blue to pink with purple spots, 5-parted, 1/2" long, irregularly tube-shaped; inflorescence 1 3/4" tall with 1-5 dense, rounded, head-like whorls crowded, but usually separated, in the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: dry to moist; woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada" Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key