Hounds tongue

Cynoglossum officinale

Summary 4

Cynoglossum officinale (houndstongue, houndstooth, dog's tongue, gypsy flower, and rats and mice due to its smell) is a herbaceous plant of the family Boraginaceae, found in most parts of Europe, and also North America where it was accidentally introduced.

How to recognize it? 5

Velvety leaves with veins, shaped like a tongue. Red-purple flowers with five petals.

Observations in Banff National Park 6


When are they blooming in Banff National Park? Second week of June at the earliest. Full bloom usually between end of June and Mid-July. Bloom/Seeding continuing on till end of September.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Andreas Rockstein, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/74738817@N07/17306674130/
  2. (c) Sten Porse, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cynoglossum-officinale-flowers.JPG
  3. Carl Axel Magnus Lindman , no known copyright restrictions (public domain), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:82_Cynoglossum_officinale.jpg
  4. Adapted by bioblitzbanff from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynoglossum_officinale
  5. (c) bioblitzbanff, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  6. (c) metallyza, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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