Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1918

Forb
Annual/Weak perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Look for it in thin soils around rock outcrops, esp granite flatrocks, dry sandy soils of the Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Violet
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped calyx
5-lobed corolla
4 exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Trichostema setaceum   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Trichostema setaceum   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-01-001:
Trichostema setaceum   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Trichostema dichotomum var. lineare

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Trichostema lineare

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrowleaf Blue Curls


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image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trli5_001_lvd

        

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

Steve Marlow    snm9200034PurpleCURLS2sel

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7473

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7486

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7488

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Habitat.

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7493

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Mericarps brownish to olive or blackish, dull, obovoid, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7495

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

The one-nerved linear leaves are at least 6 times longer than wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7496

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Calyx 2-lipped, the lower lip's three teeth longer than the upper lip's two, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7514

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

Steve Marlow    snm20060bluecurls5sel

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Corolla 5-lobed, lowest lobe lip-like, stamens curl downward almost to the lip, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Trichostema setaceum, Narrowleaf Blue Curls

Tim Spira    tpstsetaceum

Month Unknown        

Leaves narrow, less than 1/4" (5mm) wide, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.


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