Day 125: green alkanet

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


What’s green, blue, and hairy, and probably all over your garden right now? Green alkanet, that’s what, or Pentaglottis sempervirens to give it its full name (meaning “five tongued and evergreen”, the first bit referring to the number of petals). It’s a plant that usually invites itself into your space, to the annoyance of many, as its long tap root can make it a pest to dig out. However, like the forget-me-not, Brunnera, lungworts and so many of its relatives in the Borage family, it delivers tiny, concentrated points of deepest blue, aside from which I find I’m fond of its rangy, furry green stems and deep-veined foliage. I’ll keep an eye on it in case it starts to get out of hand, but for now, it has a pass.

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