Blue Hearts
Buchnera americana
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) Family

Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is savannas, prairies, stream edges and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; no leaf stalk; widest at the middle to lance-like; no teeth and no lobes, but may have scattered teeth upward the stem.

Flowers are in open spikes, usually appearing in symmetrical order and form. Calyx is five lobed; corolla is nearly funnel-like; five lobes; purple; four stamens. Flowering occurs in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

A related species, B. floridana, is difficult to distinguish. The primary difference in the two is that “americana” has three prominent parallel veins along the leaf; “floridana” does not.

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