Hackelia virginiana (L.) I.M.Johnst.
Family: Boraginaceae
beggar's-lice, stickseed, wild comfrey
Hackelia virginiana image
Stephen L. Solheim  
Etymology: Hackelia: named after J. Hackel (1783-1869), Czech botanist
Plants: erect, biennial, 1'-3' tall forb, stout, many upper branches
Leaves: lower leaves large, ovate, narrowing toward the stalk, upper smaller and becoming stalkless
Flowers: white to bluish, 5-parted, 1/8" wide, dish to funnel-shaped, tube shorter than the lobes; inflorescence of many, paired, spreading clusters (racemes) of stalked flowers becoming 2"-6" long, leafless near the top but with leaf bracts toward the bottom often alternating with the flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: short-stalked, rounded, sticky nutlet with prickles on its back fruit drawing
Habitat: upland woods
Conservation Status: Native