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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers

Craig Bihrle photo: Hoary paccoon
Craig Bihrle
  Hoary paccoon
(Lithospermum canescens)

Distribution: eastern half of North Dakota
Habitat: prairie and open woodlands
Flowers: yellow to yellowish-orange in color, ½ inch across, showy petals unite to form a tube
Height: 5-14 inches
Blooms: May and June
Family name: Borage (Boraginaceae)
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Know as Indian paint because of its dye qualities. Omaha-Ponco children chewed the roots with gum to turn it red or chewed the flowers to turn the gum yellow.

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