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

(19 customer reviews)


NOTE:  Despite much effort in spring/summer 2019 we were not blessed with seed.  My apologies for those of you who were waiting expectantly.  We hope to increase the size of the patch and therefore enhance pollination.  Check back in 2020.  r

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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  1. Ashley Walker

    Alkanna Tinctoria

    Ashley Walker

    I have been searching for seed of this plant for 5 years now. I bought some eventually from a German seed supplier but after growing for 2 years these turned out to be some other species of alkanna with white roots and no dye. So I am hoping you will be able to get some more seeds in soon as I am getting desperate!. Your price is very low considering the seeds rarity. Please let me know when you are ready to receive new orders. Thanks

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  2. Joann

    Joann (verified owner)

    I would like to be put on a waiting list for this plant. Or could you dicrect me to a seed source? Thanks Joann

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