Sunday, March 30, 2008

white red green blue alkanet

green alkanet is a handsome plant with a vivid blue flower. The naming of the plant seems to suggest some degree of colour confusion; the name alkanet is thought to derive from the arabic al henna (arabic is very guttural) for red from the red dye extracted from its roots; I would have called it blue alkanet myself. Growing alongside this plant is a very unusual white variant, no doubt best called the white green blue red alkanet. The leaves are deeply fissured and the plant is described as "roughly hairy".


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Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Bartek, and I currently collect uunusual species of plants, and this white flowering green alkanet is truly amazing! And was also wondering if you could get seeds or division of this species for me by any chance?! As I am trying to preserve rare species! My email is: thanks! :-)