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Fiddlenecks Amsinckia

Previously known as:

  • Benthamia
Phonetic Spelling
am-SINK-kee-uh
Description

A genus of flowering plants in the borage family typically called the Fiddlenecks.  The common name is derived from the gray-green flowering stems laden with goldenrod yellow blooms that bend and curl like the end of a fiddle.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Sharp hairs can cause contact dermatitis.  The seeds and leaves of fiddlenecks have pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are poisonous to livestock including horses.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amsinckia
    Species:
    Amsinckia
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Stems, seeds and leaves were used as food source by Native Americans.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western North America, South America
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Tiiny basal gray nutlets
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    5 petaled dark golden yellow to orange funnelform flowers in scorpionoid spikes 2"-15" long with leafy bracts at the base. Flowers bloom all spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Basal alternate gray-green narrowly oblanceolate entire margins leaves covered in bristly hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Problem for Horses