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Lithospermum incisum - Lehm.
                 
Common Name Narrow-Leaf Gromwell, Narrowleaf stoneseed
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry soils of plains, foothills and ridges in mountains to 2100 metres[212].
Range Central N. America - British Columbia to Manitoba, south to Illinois, Texas and Arizona.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lithospermum incisum Narrow-Leaf Gromwell, Narrowleaf stoneseed


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Physical Characteristics
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Lithospermum incisum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
L. angustifolium. Michx. L. breviflorum.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Root - cooked[105, 161, 207, 212]. Eaten boiled or roasted[257]. The root has been used to make a tea[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Contraceptive;  Kidney;  Miscellany;  Ophthalmic;  Pectoral;  Stomachic.

The root has been chewed by some native North American Indian tribes as a treatment for colds[213]. The finely powdered leaves, root and stem have been rubbed on the body in the treatment of paralyzed limbs[257]. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of stomach aches and kidney problems[257]. The plant has been eaten as an oral contraceptive and also as a treatment for lung haemorrhages, coughs and colds[257]. A cold infusion of the pulverized root and seed has been used as an eyewash[257]. This plant was used as a medicine by various native North American Indian tribes and interest in the plant has revived recently as a possible source of modern drugs[212]. No more details are given.
Other Uses
Beads;  Dye;  Incense;  Miscellany.

The dried plant tops have been burnt as an incense[257]. A blue dye has been obtained from the roots[257]. A red dye is obtained from the roots[274]. It is quite possible that both colours can be obtained, depending on the mordant used[K]. The seeds have been used as beads[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a warm sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained soil[1, 200]. Dislikes acid soils[1]. After producing large, conspicuous flowers in the spring, the plant produces lots of small very fertile cleistogamous flowers[274].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings. Division.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Lithospermum officinaleGromwell, European stoneseed12
Lithospermum ruderaleWestern Gromwell, Western Stoneseed12
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Elizabeth H.
Andy Schmid Sun Sep 16 2007
Can anyone please advise if Lithospermum (Heavenly Blue) should be pruned after flowering each year, or just left alone ?
Elizabeth H.
dana Sun May 31 2009
Can anyone please advise if Lithospermum (Heavenly Blue) should be pruned after flowering each year, or just left alone ?
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