• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • U.S. Highway 89 Bryce Canyon to Grand Canyon

    Road damage south of Page, Arizona will impact travel between Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. Click for a travel advisory and link to a map with suggested alternate routes: More »

  • Sunset Campground Construction

    From April-July 2014, three new restroom facilities will be constructed in Sunset Campground. Visitors may experience construction noise and dust, as well as some campsite and restroom closures. 'Sunset Campground' webpage has additional information. More »

  • Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure

    Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.

  • Wall Street Section of Navajo Loop Closed

    Due to dangerous conditions (falling rock and treacherous, icy switchbacks), the Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop Trail is CLOSED. It will reopen in Spring once freezing temperatures have subsided.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, two backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek and Iron Spring.

Many-Flowered Stoneseed

Common Name(s): Many-flowered Stoneseed, Southwestern Stoneseed, Pretty Stoneseed, Manyflower Gromwell
Scientific Name: Lithospermum multiflorum
Size (height) English & Metric: 8-24" (24-62cm)
Habitat: Hills, canyons, and mountain slopes
Flowering Season (for Bryce region): May - August
Range: Southern third of Utah, east to Colorado, and south to northern New Mexico.
 
Southwest Stoneseed

Many-Flowered Stoneseed

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General Description:
This plant is large and bushy with numerous, drooping, deep yellow flowers that are narrow with trumpet-shaped corollas having five smooth-edged lobes. The leaves are slightly hairy, narrow, and light to medium green in color. Stoneseeds belong to the borage family. This species can be easily confused with the Showy Stoneseed, Lithospermum incisum. The most obvious distinction is that the Showy Stoneseed is often a smaller herb with fewer stems and flowers.

Plant Lore
Native Americans used the roots to make a purple dye for clothing and feathers. The seeds are hard, shiny, and white, hence the name stoneseed. Some sources claim that stoneseed plants were also used as a contraceptive and to treat diarrhea.

When and where to see at Bryce:
This plant can be found in most areas of the park. It is especially common along trails, roadsides, and tree-lines.

Further Reading:
Buchanan, Hayle 1992. Wildflowers of Southwestern Utah. Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Densmoore, Frances 1991. How Indians Used Wild Plants for Food Medicine and Crafts, Dover Publications.

Welsh, Treshow, and Moore. 1965. Common Utah Plants. Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah.

Did You Know?

Utah Prairie Dog

Utah Prairie Dogs are a threatened species found only in southwestern Utah. Distinguishable by its white tail and black eyebrows, several colonies are located within Bryce Canyon's boundaries. More...