Melampyrum lineare
(Narrow Leaf Cow Wheat)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Narrow Leaf Cow Wheat, Cow Wheat, American Cow Wheat
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - September
    Status: Native

Melampyrum lineare, or Narrow Leaf Cow Wheat, is an annual of native to the northern tier of states, as well as the southeastern and Appalachian states. It grows in dry to moist open pine or oak woods, as well as bogs and sphagnum hummocks.

This is the only species in this genus in the United States, and there are not many other species like it. It is a small plant with opposite, narrow leaves and tubular flowers that are white with yellow on the ends. It isn't that widely distributed, but is common where it grows and it is unmistakeable when seen.

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