Meet Forked Bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum), a graceful annual that surprises with delicate blue-purple blooms. Unlike its assertive mint relatives, this plant is well-mannered and unassuming … until late summer when its delightfully artistic flowers steal the show.
Forked bluecurls prefers well-drained, sandy soils and tends to emerge in unexpected spots. In open woods and sandy savannas, it grows with Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge), Liatris aspera (rough blazing star), pin weeds, and other plants typical of the “oak openings” natural community. Pair it with companions like wild lupine and prickly pear cactus for a late-summer spectacle in your well-drained garden.
Arkansas Native Plant Society” states:
“The genus name refers to the “hairlike stamens,” and the specific epithet refers to the forked stigma. The common name also alludes to the forked stigma as well as the blue flowers and bent (curled) stamens.”