An excellent 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.
Common name(s): Early-flowering borage; Abraham-Isaac-Jacob
Picture: Wouter Hagens [Public domain]