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Alkanet, Oriental

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Alkanet, Oriental

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Alkanet, Oriental

3.75

(Alkanna orientalis)
 

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Common Names
Oriental Alkanet, Chinese Alkanet

Botanical Name
Alkanna orientalis

Plant Family
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Native Range
Eastern Europe, Asia.

Life Cycle
Perennial

Hardiness Zone
4-9

Habit
To about 1ft tall, multi-stemmed and sprawling to 2ft wide. A very ornamental looking plant with soft citrus-scented leaves that are sticky with aromatic resins. Plants are laden with pretty yellow star-shaped flowers. 

Sun/Soil
Full sun, well-drained soil. 

Germination/Sowing
Seeds can be direct sown in spring, or started in flats indoors.

Growing/Care
Easy to care for. Plants are herbaceous and will die back for the winter and so can be cut back to the ground in the fall time. They will re-grow in the spring. 

Harvesting
The aerial parts can be harvested when the plants are in bloom. 

Culinary Uses
None known.

Medicinal Uses
Leaves contain antimicrobial and soothing mucilaginous properties.

Themes
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.