Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Virginia Stickseed, ETC.)

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-19-21, #815-2.

Beggar’s Lice, Beggarslice, Stickseed, Virginia Stickseed, Sticktight, Wild Comfrey

Hackelia virginiana

ha-KEEL-ee-uh  vir-jin-ee-AN-uh

Synonyms of Hackelia virginiana (7) (Updated on 11-5-21 from Plants of the World Online): Cynoglossum morisonii A.DC., Echinospermum virginianum (L.) Lehm., Echinospermum virginicum Lehm., Lappula virginiana (L.) Greene, Myosotis virginiana L., Pulmonaria elliptica Raf., Rochelia virginica Roem. & Schult.

Hackelia virginiana (L.) I.M.Johnst. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Hackelia. It was named and described as such by Ivan Murray Johnston in Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University in 1923. It was first described as Myosotis virginiana by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

The genus, Hackelia Opiz, was named and described as such by Philipp (Filip) Opiz in Oekonomisch-technische Flora Böhmens… in 1839.

As of 7-22-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 54 species in the Hackelia genus. It is a member of the plant family Boraginaceae with 155 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO.

Distribution map of Hackelia virginiana from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on July 22, 2021.

The above distribution map for Hackelia virginiana is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America (above Mexico) is similar and also includes Illinois.

The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 4-15-20, #688-1.

I found a rosette of leaves in a wooded area north of the chicken house in April 2020 I didn’t recognize. I  watched it off and on, waiting for flowers, but every time I looked at it it was just growing taller. I went ahead and posted photos without flowers on iNaturalist and their suggestion was Hackelia virginiana. I checked the Missouri Plants website and it sure seemed possible.

Then, in 2021, I took photos of plants along the south side of the south hayfield. The area had grown up in blackberry briars, Japanese Honeysuckle, and small trees over many years. It was mowed off in the fall of 2020 which allowed many wildflowers I hadn’t identified to grow in 2021. One of those plants turned out to be Hackelia virginiana. I checked north of the chicken house where I first spotted the suggested species and sure enough, they were there…

I apologize for not writing descriptions of the plant’s leaves, stems, and flowers at the moment. I have a lot of pages to add, photos I took over the summer to add to their pages, and updates to make. It is a wintertime project but I do get behind. There are several links at the bottom of the page to help with a better plant ID.

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-3-20, #695-16.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-10-20, #697-35.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-10-20, #697-36.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-10-20, #697-37.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-23-20, #703-7.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-23-20, #703-8.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-23-20, #703-9.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-23-20, #703-10.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 5-23-20, #703-11.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-25.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-26.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-27.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-28.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-29.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-30.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-31.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-32.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-33.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-34.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-35.

 

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-17-21, #813-36.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC) on 7-19-21, #815-2.

 

Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice, Stickseed, ETC.) on 7-19-21, #815-3.

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
TROPICOS (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWER SEARCH
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
GO BOTANY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT

NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂