Fringed gromwell, fringed puccoon, showy stoneseed
Southeast California, southeast Nevada, Montana and states to the east
Open plains, plateaus, grassland, foothills
Thin, linear to lanceolate, hairy, up to 2.5 inches in length
The trumpet-shaped flowers of lithospermum incisum consist of a narrow yellow tube up 3 inches long, topped by five thin lobes which have an irregularly toothed edge, like a fringe. They grow from the ends of the short leaf stalks, and the whole plant usually stays relatively small, close to the ground, though it sometimes reaches a height of 18 inches. The yellow corolla is supported by a green, deeply five-lobed calyx, about a half to a third as long. Calyces, leaves and stems have a covering of short, strigose hairs, pressed against the surface. The alternative common name of stoneseed refers to the hard, nut-like seeds, produced late in the season from specialized flowers, lower down the leaf stalks.