Belongs to: borage family

Green alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens

Also known as: evergreen bugloss

Best time to see: mid Apr to mid Jul

Key facts

A perennial with clusters of bright blue flowers with a white eye in spring and early summer

The leaves are rough and hairy, oval with a point

Grows up to 90 cm high on damp woodland edges and hedge banks


Originates from southern Europe and was used for a red dye made from its roots

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