Hairy Puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense)

When in bloom, this member of the borage family can be readily spotted on the open sand dunes by its clusters of bright yellow orange, tubular flowers. This species is characteristic of the dunes but also occurs inland in dry sandy oak barrens and other upland prairie like sites. A very similar species, Hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens), is found in open woods and prairies.