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Hoary Puccoon

Lithospermum canescens


Perennial flowering plant which bloom from April to May. Grazed on by deer and other mammals. Know to attract bumblebees, digger bees (Synhalonia spp.), cuckoo bees (Nomada spp.), mason bees (Osmia spp.), bee flies (Bombylius spp.), butterflies (Vanessa spp., Papilio spp.), skippers (Erynnis spp.), and other insects.


This conservative plant is occasional in high quality natural areas (primarily upland prairies and savannas), otherwise it is rare or absent. Prefers dry rocky soil.


I've only seen this plant a limited amount of times. Very hard to cultivate and are not grown for landscaping for this reason.

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Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2014
Submitted on May 16, 2014

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