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Granite Mtn - Tr 308 - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Collinsia parviflora - maiden blue eyed Mary

Other Common Names: small-flower Blue-Eyed Mary, littleflower collinsia
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: A small,usually less than 1 foot tall, widely branched plant with an open cluster of tiny, blue and white, bilaterally symmetrical flowers on slender stalks.
Identification notes: Annual herb. Stems decumbent, ascending, or sometimes erect, simple or branched, reddish purple; leaves opposite or whorled, invert and tapering, green above and purplish beneath, margins entire; flower upper lip white, lower lip blue, crested at throat.
Height: To 1 foot


Habitat Description: Moist areas in the spring.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 4000 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Blue and white     Shape: Irregular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Feb - Jun
Description: Two whitish, rounded, upper lobes flaring upward; two deep blue lower lobes bent forward, with a purplish lobe between them. Tubular, to 1/8 inch wide and 3/8 inch long. In terminal, leafy cluster on stem.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Dark green above, bright maroon beneath; lance-shaped; in whorles at flower clusters, opposite on lower stem. Leaves to 1-1/2 inches long. Maroon stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsule, ovoid or elliptical, 1/8 inch long. seeds 2 per locule, small, brown.
Seed Notes: Seeds 2 per locule, small, brown.

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