Cynoglossum officinale L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad B-Forb

A weedy Eurasian species, not often cultivated, well established in disturbed ground such as roadsides, fields, dumps, farmyards, and gravel pits; clearings and disturbed forests; often on shores. First collected in 1860 in Washtenaw Co.

The corolla is usually ± reddish, becoming more purple in age (or upon drying). White-flowered plants have been collected in Michigan but are apparently very rare. This species is not only much more leafy than C. boreale but also has more branches to the inflorescence. The upper leaves are often merely sessile. The pubescence is quite soft, compared with the very rough Anchusa officinalis, which furthermore has bracted pedicels but is sometimes confused with hound’s-tongue.


Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Saginaw County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 30, 2022.