Collinsia parviflora

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Scientific Name Collinsia parviflora USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Blue-eyed Mary ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine; moist soils in grasslands, rocky slopes, and along shady forest edges.
Plant: Erect to spreading annual from 2 to 8 inches tall; easily overlooked plant.
Leaves: Lower stem leaves short-petiolate and spatulate or rounded with entire margins. Mid and upper stem leaves have reduced petioles or are sessile and narrowly elliptic, oblong, or linear; may appear whorled, and up to 2 inches long and up to 1/2-inch wide.
Inflorescence: One or more very small flowers about 1/8-inch long in the axils of the upper leaves; two-lipped with two larger upper lobes and three smaller lower lobes with the middle lobe folded onto itself like a keel (as in peas). The corolla tube bends near the base over the lower side of the calyx at an oblique angle.
References: Descr. adapted from Flora and Fauna Northwest.
Colorado Status

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