Hound's Tongue

Genus Cynoglossum
Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

Hound's Tongue
(Cynoglossum officinale)

This is a weedy plant that grows about 2 feet tall. It is a native of Europe and Asia, but now occurs all over the United States. It has the typically shaped Borage flowers, with 5 petals fused into a tube at the base. The flowers are about 1/4 inch across, and are a dark maroon red in color.

Some of the common names for the plant are dog-bur, wool-mat, and beggar's-lice. These names reflect a characteristic of the seeds -- they are covered with little barbs, which help them stick to fur or clothing and be distributed to other places.

Hound's Tongue

Hound's Tongue

Red Butte Canyon
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray