Hound's Tongue:  Boraginaceae (Borage Family)  Cynoglossum  officinale
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The seeds with hooks

Hairy Stems

Young leaves are hairy with a soft downy  feel


Photo Details:
1.  May 29, 2005, Butterfield Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah - ©Nicky Davis
2., 3., 4., 5.  Located July 18, 2012, Butterfield Canyon along the river.

Other Information:
syn. Begger's Lice, Dogbur, Gypsyflower and Woolmat

Hound's Tongue is non-native flower that is considered invasive in 43 states including Utah.

Biennial,  First year a rosette of long hairy, alternate leaves up to 3 inches across. Bottom leaves up to one foot long. Second year up to 4 feet tall branched stems.  Stems and leaves are hairy.  Flowers reddish purple to coral. They produce seeds about 1/3 of an inch long with bristles on that hook to clothing and to deer and other animals.

They are a larval host plant for the Police Car Moth - Gnophaela vermiculata

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