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Columbia Puccoon
Lithospermum ruderale
  
About Columbia Puccoon (Lithospermum ruderale) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lithospermum ruderale is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name western stoneseed. It is native to western Canada and the western United States, where it can be found in many types of habitat. It is a hairy perennial herb growing from a taproot and woody caudex. It produces a cluster of erect leafy stems 20 to 50 centimeters tall. The stems are lined with lance-shaped leaves up to 8 centimeters long. Bunches of flowers appear toward the top of the stem amongst the leaves. The corolla is light yellow and about a centimeter long and wide. This plant was used as a contraceptive by several Native American groups, including the Navajo and Shoshone. Studies on mice showed the plant reduced their fertility.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.7 - 1.6 ft tall

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy soils

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, dry slopes, plains, steppe,

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.5" - 63.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.80" - 2.68", Coldest Month: 28.1" - 46.8", Hottest Month: 50.4" - 71.3", Humidity: 0.99" - 20.91", Elevation: 2261" - 7805"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Western Gromwell, Western Stoneseed


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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