Blue Curls

By William T. Hathaway

Blue Curls

From August until frost Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum) can be found thriving in sandy or rocky woodlands and old fields; the plant seems to prefer growing along the edge of railroad tracks.

These annuals may have stems 1-8 dm. high with tiny blue flowers (4-6 mm. long) at the distal end of forking stems. The lower lobe of the spotted corolla combined with the curled stamens are somewhat unique floral structures. It is obvious that the curled stamens explain the traditional name of this member of the mint family as Blue Curls.


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