Thursday, June 10, 2010

Green Alkanet

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

The hawthorn hedges are fading and the bottom leaves of the cow parsley are turning burgundy brown, but green alkanet is still going strong.

There's a spot along one of the walks that I take with the dogs, just down the hill from Rosside, and there's a patch of it there. It seems to love the shade.

The blue of the flowers is really very striking so I wondered a bit about the name "Green Alkanet." Why green? A quick search for more info didn't produce any results except to give the plant a big thumbs down for gardening. Evidently the hairs on the stems and leaves are irritants; it's not poisonous but doesn't taste good either; the roots are tentacious; and the plant can be invasive. Oh my! Well, I *still* love that color blue and will *still* enjoy seeing it on our walks.

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) 28May2010 Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) 08June2010

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