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Re: mystery plant

Thanks so much, Marge.  I have checked the wildflower key and get no results 
any way I put things together.  The Onosmodium molle is a pretty good guess, 
but the stems of my plants only have two leaves, while this picture shows many 
leaves on the stems.  Also, my blooms appear more open - these seem pretty 
closed up at the ends.  
  I think it is interesting that although these are identified as native 
plants, the genus Onosmodium does not appear in Hortus - although there is an 
entry for Onosma, which is European in origin.  The Peterson wildflower guide only 
lists Onosmodium virginianum  (Virginia False  Gromwell), much too large to 
be my plant.  This plant also appears on the New York State Protected Plant 
List as endangered.
  I don't have a picture, but maybe I can promote one.  The weather is much 
improved this morning, so I am going to move the old bones out to pull up some 
of our favorite garlic mustard and do some other useful things.  I'll get back 
to this puzzle later.  Thanks again.

In a message dated 04/24/2004 2:52:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
mtalt@hort.net writes:

> What an intriguing little conundrum there Auralie.  I rather doubt
> it's a Mertensia with the hairy stems and leaves, but with that
> flower, it sounds like it should be a member of the Boraginaceae
> family, to which Mertensia belongs.
> Here's the URL to a wildflower key - I tried it, but didn't know many
> of the details of the plant, so got poor results...you may do better:
> http://www.realtimerendering.com/flowers/flowers.html
> I did a Google on Boraginacea,  white flower small tubular and found
> Onosmodium molle, which seems to match up, somewhat, with your
> description - think it's too large and no mention of red tips on the
> buds,  but take a look at it and see if it looks anything like. 
> There are other species in this genus.
> http://snipurl.com/5x5q
> At least I think you should be searching in Boraginacea, which might
> find it for you.  Any chance of posting an image of your mystery?
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland

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