Trachystemon orientalis

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy

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Plant Details

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 supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.