Fiddleneck

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia

Family: Boraginaceae (Borage)

Habitat: grassland (particularly disturbed areas)

Notes: While Fiddleneck is a native species, it has a "weedy" propensity to occupy disturbed areas. Look for it around the new interpretative kiosks. Members of the borage family have flowers arranged in a "helicoid cyme" or spiral. The outermost flowers bloom first. The remaining flowers bloom as the spiral uncoils. The plants can be harmful to cattle if eaten and the bristly hairs can irritate human skin.

 

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