Common Names: Blue scorpion grass, strict forget-me-not
Sub-category: Borage family
About 3 to 10 inches long, branching occasionally toward the base. Smaller plants in sunlight are more or less erect, while larger plants in shade have a tendency to sprawl across the ground. The stems are light green and hairy. The alternate leaves are up to 1 inches long and one-third inches across; they are oblong to oblong-lanceolate, medium green, sessile, and hairy. The leaf margins are smooth and ciliate. The upper stems terminate in elongated racemes of flowers; the raceme of the central stem eventually occupies over one-half the length of the plant. Each flower is about one-eighth of an inch across and a quarter inch long, consisting of a 5-lobed blue corolla, a hairy green calyx with 5 linear-lanceolate teeth, a 4-celled pistil with a single style, and 5 stamens. The hairy pedicels are shorter than the flowers (about one-eighth of an inch in length). The corolla has a small cup-like or funnel shape and it lacks a yellow center. Each flower is replaced by 4 small nutlets.
Can be found in full sun to light shade, mesic to dry conditions, and loamy or sandy soil. The blooming period occurs from late-spring into the summer and can last several months.
Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: White