All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Trachystemon orientalis


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Shade
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type: Wet / Boggy
Colour: Blue
Colour: White

Sorry, sold out, but we are growing more so check again in a few weeks.

An excellent fast growing ground-cover plant for dense shade. Blue and white borage-like flowers on pink naked stems, in early spring, before the leaves take over and make good sized clumps of bright green. 

Flowers in April, May and June. Good for early bumblebees.

Runs freely so plant where you need a good ground-cover. Good for suppressing weeds.

Survives dry shade once established, although in prolonged very dry conditions, the leaves may collapse, to be revived after rain.

From Southern Europe and southwestern Asia.

The name comes from the Greek words trachys meaning rough and stemon meaning stamen in reference to the hairy filaments found on species flowers.

Height: 40cm

Common name(s): Early-flowering borage; Abraham-Isaac-Jacob

Picture: Wouter Hagens [Public domain]


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
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