Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Biennial/Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in moist deciduous forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue (sometimes white)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed, deeply cleft, calyx
5-lobed funnelform or salverform corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales? order assignment uncertain

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 161-02-002:
Cynoglossum virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC ERROR) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cynoglossum virginicum

 

COMMON NAME:
Wild Comfrey


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image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm080329_014

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm090321_049

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm090321_051

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm090412_048

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm090419_050

April    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm090419_055

April    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm110415_451

April    Carroll County    GA

Flowers pale blue, 0.3-0.6" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm170414_650

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm070506_031

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm070506_033

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

Basal leaves are elliptic to ovate, up to 8" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm070506_034

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

A raceme-like forked inflorescence extends well above the leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm100611_007

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park

The four uniformly bristly nutlets separate at maturity, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm100611_010

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm100611_011

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park

A few clasping cauline leaves on lower half of the 2' stem, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Cynoglossum virginianum var. virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm100611_038

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park