Alkanet, Oriental (Alkanna orientalis) seeds, organic

(3 customer reviews)


Family:  Borage (Boraginaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 11

Herbaceous perennial native to Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and South-west Asia.  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.  Traditional use (TWM): burn remedy, digestive woes, an antimicrobial wound-healer.  Source of antimicrobial and efflux-pump inhibiting compound serothrin.  Plant prefers a full sun position and fast-draining soil.  Seed is a light-dependent germinator and works best when sown in a cold spring greenhouse where temperatures fluctuate from 40 to 60 degrees, night to day.  Press seed into surface of sandy mix and keep evenly moist until germination, which may take as long as 10 weeks but is usually faster.  Space plants 18 inches apart.

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

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  1. 6 out of 6 people found this helpful

    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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