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Could anyone name this plant for me?


By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

A perennial growing to about 2ft tall with hairy long pointed leaves in mid green and bright blue flowers. Mainly a Spring flowering plant but will repeat flowering all Summer. Could be Brunnera or maybe Omphalodes??




I immediately thought Brunnera as the flowers look like Myosotis.. I remember the leaves on the 'Jack Frost' variety feeling very rough, but that's the only variety I've seen. The flowers from the pictures I've seen are usually on stems above the foliage which they aren't in this case.

I've never heard of Omphalodes but their flowers look more like Geraniums to me. Strange one..!

28 Mar, 2009


it is Anchusa it is commonly called alkanet. a native wild flower that also has cultivated forms. the flowers are a fantastic blue arent they. I have it in my wilder part. it composts well too. Its a relation of comfrey. So if you like it keep.

28 Mar, 2009


Was I right that it's one of the Borage family, Sbg? I knew it wasn't Omphalodes, and thught it wasn't Brunnera as they are not hairy.

Rydeboy - Omphalodes are a lovely family of little woodland plants with bright blue or pale blue flowers. The best one (I think) is O.cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'. One of my favourite flowers, just beginning to bloom now.

28 Mar, 2009


I've spent too much on plants this year Spritz, I can't afford to look! :-)

28 Mar, 2009


Thanks very much everyone........I'll have a look at Anchusa Seaburngirl,.....that's great it fits in with a lot of natural plants we found in the garden when we came, yes the blue is really vivid, but the leaves are the strongest feature which isn't so good.

Not as prickly as Borage, Spritz but has that wild flower look.
The flowers are almost identical to myosotis Rydeboy, which I thought it was at first!

28 Mar, 2009


Pentaglottis sempervirens seems to match.

28 Mar, 2009


yes spritz its a member of the borage lot. the leaves are covered in prickly stiff hairs. i dont think they cause any skin problems like some plants do. well they dont in me and i have a funny skin [to match the rest of me! lol]

28 Mar, 2009



Rydeboy - I shall be posting a photo of 'Cherry Ingram' soon - I bet you'll love it!

28 Mar, 2009


Wagger and Seaburngirl......have checked the photos on the internet and it's definately the Pentaglottis aka Green Alcanet aka Evergreen Bugloss! I'm going to leave one plant but uproot the rest as it is a bit of a thug and soon swamps any other plant near it.

28 Mar, 2009


I have one of these that self sowed and grew up through euonymus 'Silver Queen' - one of those accidents of nature that was absolutely right

28 Mar, 2009


I can picture that partnership Andrew, would be beautiful. May try it as I have Silver Queen myself....many thanks!

28 Mar, 2009


If it's Pentaglottis sempervirens, and it looks like it to me, you will end up having it everywhere. It's rather like comfrey in that it has a taproot and selfseeds very freely. I wonder if it's another good compost/fertiliser tea plant (without seedheads) like borage and comfrey but have not heard anything about it being used in that way.

28 Mar, 2009


Hi Elleme, in Seaburngirls comment she puts that it is good as a composter...........I have looked this morning at the garden and as you say, I have it everywhere!..Into the compost bin it will go...without the flowers of course!

29 Mar, 2009

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