Alkanet, Oriental (Alkanna orientalis) seeds, organic

(3 customer reviews)

$3.95$9.00

Family:  Borage (Boraginaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 11

Herbaceous perennial native to Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt.  Soft, forgiving, citrus-scented leaves give rise to dense, mounding, self-mulching tops studded with long-lasting, deeply golden yellow flowers.  An exemplary herbal bedding plant.

Packet contains 30 seeds
1 g contains ~220 seeds
Certified Organically Grown

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  1. logan5446

    Spot on description, good germination, hardy even at the seedling stage

    logan5446 (verified owner)

    Grows well in western Oregon with minimal care. Sometimes it wants water, sometimes a bit of nitrogen, but is happily growing in rather poor soil. Research has shown it to help heal up to 4th (but not 5th degree) burns and to prevent infection and help to heal stubborn wounds. Highly underappreciated plant. Grow a few.

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  2. East Joanne

    East Joanne

    Hardy at 7500′ in the arid New Mexico mountains. Beautiful, evergreen (at least to -10) ground cover.

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    • javicmor

      Can the root of Alkanna orientalis, like Alkanna tinctorial, be used as a dyeing and coloring agent, especially for fabrics, soap, and lip balm?

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      Don’t we wish this was the case! Only Alkanna tinctoria has large amounts of Alkannin (the bright red coloring agent that is magically both alcohol and oil soluble). Alkanna orientalis has the anti-MRSA constituents, and the various Anchusas have mucilage, but the only other plant I know of that is a source of Alkannin (albeit very dilute) is Lithospermum, which is also in the boraginacea. Richo

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