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Common Blue-curls Trichostema dichotomum

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
try-ko-STEM-uh dy-KAW-toh-mum
Description

Blue Curls are annual wild flowers that can be found in dry woodlands and around rock outcrops. This plant attracts bees and beetles. This plant has curled stamens that help make this plant showy. The bracts of this plant turn tan in the fall making it a nice addition in dried arrangements.

Season:

Late summer into fall

Foliage:

Hairy; toothless leaves

Flower:

Deeply curved blue-stalked stamens; flower has four lobes above and one larger lobe below

Site:

Dry, open woods, clearings

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#NC native#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#piedmont mountains UPL#coastal UPL#food source hard mast fruit#insects#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#NC native#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#piedmont mountains UPL#coastal UPL#food source hard mast fruit#insects#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Trichostema
    Species:
    dichotomum
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Distribution:
    Dry open woods and clearings.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are available September-December.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Deeply curved blue-stalked stamens; flower has four lobes above and one larger lobe below. Flowers bloom August-November.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Hairy; toothless leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Bees