Trichostema dichotomum L. - Blue Curls

Trichostema dichotomum plant

Family - Lamiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Trichostema dichotomum stemStem with dense glandular trichomes.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Trichostema dichotomum leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Trichostema dichotomum flowers

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Acid soils of rocky open woods, glades, gravel or sand soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species an be found in the eastern Ozark region of Missouri. The plant is unmistakable and easy to identify because of its blue flowers (which have long, curled stamens and styles) and its densely glandular pubescent stems. The lower lip of the corolla in this species is a landing platform for bees and other flying insects which will pollinate the flower while searching for nectar.
The genus name "Trichostema" means "hair-like stamens", which this plant has.

Photographs taken at Umstead State Park, NC., 9-22-02, and off Lee Rd. 54, Auburn, AL., 8-30-05.


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