Cynoglossum officinale

Burgundy Hound's Tongue

Erect, with single hairy stem and numerous leaves. Leaves egg-shaped, soft hairy on both sides. Basal leaves 3–8 in. long with petioles 2–4 in.; stem leaves many, smaller, sessile. Flower clusters in upper leaves. Flowers burgundy, the 5 nubs in center same color. Seeds are 4 large, tongue-like, distinctive nutlets with raised margins and numerous small prickles. Nutlets are spread by passing animals. Grows in disturbed places at low to mid elevations. Toxic to cattle.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring
  • Life Cycle: Biennial
  • Height: 1--3 feet
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Disturbed, Meadow
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: No