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Lithospermum canescens - (Michx.)Lehm.

Common Name Paint Indian, Hoary puccoon
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry or sandy open woods, prairies etc[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Ontario to Georgia, west to Saskatchewan and Texas.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lithospermum canescens Paint Indian, Hoary puccoon


Lithospermum canescens Paint Indian, Hoary puccoon
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lithospermum canescens is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Colouring

The roots have been chewed with gum in order to colour the gum red[257]. The flowers have been chewed with gum in order to colour it yellow[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

A tea made from the leaves is applied externally in the treatment of fevers accompanied by spasms[222].

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Other Uses

Dye  Miscellany

A red dye is obtained from the root[46, 61, 207].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a warm sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained lime-free sandy soil[1, 200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. It is best sown in a soilless medium[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings. Division.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Lithospermum multiflorumManyflowered Gromwell, Manyflowered stoneseedPerennial0.5 3-7  LMNDM111
Lithospermum officinaleGromwell, European stoneseedPerennial0.8 5-9  LMHSNM121
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Michx.)Lehm.

Botanical References

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