Boraginaceae: Borage Family – Fiddleneck
Almost all members of the Borage family have flowers in “scorpioid cymes”, starting as a tight coil (like a scorpion’s tail) and uncoiling as new flowers mature. Fiddlenecks are a classic illustration of this, the name deriving from the shape of the top of a violin or fiddle – not to be confused with Fiddleheads which are immature fern fronds. Fiddlenecks fall into two broad categories, those with 2–4 calyx lobes, unequal in width and those with 5 calyx lobes of equal width. Careful examination is usually needed to identify the different species, they are difficult if not impossible to identify from a distance.