Lithospermum canescens (Michx.) Lehm.
Family: Boraginaceae
hoary puccoon
Lithospermum canescens image
James R. Sime  
Etymology: Lithospermum: from Greek lithos, "stone," and sperma, "seed"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-18" tall forb; often as many as 5 stems, usually unbranched; stout taproot
Leaves: softly pale gray with a dense fuzz; mostly growing from opposite sides of the stem
Flowers: orange to yellow, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, funnel-shaped, petal lips smooth; inflorescence 1-3 densely-flowered, branched, curving clusters (cymes); blooms April-June
Fruits: yellowish- white, smooth, shiny nutlet fruit drawing
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods
Conservation Status: Native