I was unaware of these little beauties until I was looking for dragonflies at Atkins Reservoir last week (the same day as the Golden Hedge-hyssop landscapes) and happened upon them. They are from a few inches to two feet tall although I’ve only seen them towards the short end of things.. The purple caught my eye.
Forked Blue Curls-Trichostema dichotomum are in the mint family and are of benefit to pollinators, especially bees. The plants are native to the U.S. with a range from the northeast to the southeast and as far south west as Texas. They are annuals and the flowers last only one day, but the plants produce them in large numbers from summer into autumn.
How the flower got its name. I guess the stamens brush against the pollinators upper body as it enters the flower. I didn’t get to see anyone visiting but I don’t think it is the same mechanism as Grass Pinks or Mountain Laurels.