Lithospermum caroliniense (J.F. Gmel.) MacM. - Hairy Puccoon
Family - Boraginaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Sandhills, sandy fields, sandy roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This striking species can be found remotely scattered throughout Alabama but is most common in the southern portions of the state where its sandhill habitat is more frequent. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its erect, hispid-hairy stems, crowded leaves, and many yellow to yellow-orange flowers. This species grows from seed and would make a fantastic garden subject in dry, well-drained soil conditions.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.