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Cynoglossum grande (Western Hound's Tongue)

Western Hound's Tongue, Pacific Hound's Tongue


Resembling forget-me-nots, Cynoglossum grande (Western Hound's Tongue) is a non-invasive herbaceous perennial with large, arrow-tip shaped, long-stalked, mostly basal leaves, up to 12 in. long (30 cm). In spring, the foliage is topped by clusters of small, five-lobed, bright to deep blue flowers adorned with white centers. Cynoglossum grande grows from a modified rhizomatous taproot that can produce many rosettes from a single root system. This charming perennial flower provides attractive seasonal color in dry shade areas. Adding drama to the woodland garden, it goes dormant in summer when the ground dries up.

  • Grows up to 12-30 in. tall (30-75 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Easily grown in fertile, well-drained soils in sun or partial shade. Requires little water. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to western North America from British Columbia to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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