Low plant with brilliant orange or yellow-orange, five-parted flowers.
Leaves and stems are covered with fine soft hairs. Leaves alternate on stem, untoothed, oval, with a stronly marked midvein. Fruit a tiny stony nutlet ("Lithospermum" means stone seed). Blooms in
mid-spring; fruits in mid-summer.
Likes dry, open rocky and woody places. In
Wildwood is very common along the wood's edge on the eastern slope and under
the power line along Wildwood Drive.
Very few flowers are
orange. No other orange flower in Wildwood has five parts.