Alkanet, True (Alkanna tinctoria), packet of 5 seeds, organic

(19 customer reviews)


Family: Borage (Boraginacea)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 11

(Dyer’s Bugloss) Herbaceous perennial ground cover native to Southern Europe.  Nearly extirpated–extremely rare. A pretty, gently mounding plant studded with myriads of sky-blue flowers.  Source of brilliant red napthoquinone compounds known as alkannin and shikonin. Traditional usage (TWM):  Coloring agent for salves, lip balm and tinctures.  Preservative and anti-inflammatory.  Plant prefers full sun and dryish soils.  Sow in fall or very early spring, in the cool, moist shade. Seed is from recent harvest, germination is slow–do not prematurely discard flats!  Once seedlings reach a sufficient size, they should be planted out to the garden in a sunny, well-drained spot.

5 seeds per packet, certified organically grown

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