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NC Native Plant Society:
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Trichostema dichotomum

Forked Bluecurls, Common Blue Curls, Blue-curls

Scientific Name:

Trichostema dichotomum

Genus:

Trichostema

Species Epithet:

dichotomum

Common Name:

Forked Bluecurls, Common Blue Curls, Blue-curls

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands, disturbed areas, thin soils around rock outcrops. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Flower close-up

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Paynter, Wilmington, late September, 2012

In bloom, showing structure and habitat

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Leaves and stem

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Very attractive en masse

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Trichostema dichotomum. You will likely hear them called Forked Bluecurls, Common Blue Curls, Blue-curls. This picture shows the Very attractive en masse of Trichostema dichotomum

Bettina Darveaux

Beautiful Fall color

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Trichostema dichotomum. You will likely hear them called Forked Bluecurls, Common Blue Curls, Blue-curls. This picture shows the Beautiful Fall color of Trichostema dichotomum

Bettina Darveaux

The bracts turn tan in the fall and are persistent on the dried herbaceous stem.

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Trichostema dichotomum. You will likely hear them called Forked Bluecurls, Common Blue Curls, Blue-curls. This picture shows the The bracts turn tan in the fall and are persistent on the dried herbaceous stem.  of Trichostema dichotomum

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center NC State Extension



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