flowers and tree always catch people’s attention, while herbaceous are relatively being ignored. i however love appreciating and studying many of these little plants, because they really have distinctive features and characters. think about trees, many of them resemble some others, but if you look with just some attention of different types of grasses sprung out from the ground you’ll see each looks different.
the chinese name of this plant is ‘black grass’. you can hardly connect to what you are seeing here. that name refers to the colour it is in once dried. in fact all parts of the plant are used medicinally, and ‘black grass’ sounds convincing in this sense.
i can only say i am fascinated by the structure and volume of the blossoms, it is so 3-d. quoting from efloras.org the more botanic description of the inflorescence: corolla blue-purple, narrowly tubular, somewhat curved, 6-7 mm, somewhat ribbed, villous on portion exserted from calyx; throat constricted.
黑草 buchnera cruciata – 被子植物門 angiospermae | 雙子葉植物綱 dicotyledoneae | 合瓣花亞綱 sympetalae | 管狀花目 tubiflorae order | 玄参科 scrophulariaceae family | 黑草属 buchnera genus | species: buchnera cruciata hamilt. frps.eflora.cn