Species: Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

Family: Borages (BORAGINACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: One Sighting

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Borages (BORAGINACEAE)

The plants in this family are noted for their being edged with coarse hairs. The flowers often start pink and turn blue, and are usually in one-sided stalked spikes, which at first are tightly coiled.

C. Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

Green Alkanet is a bristly perennial plant that rises to 60 cms. It has large, often spotted leaves, not unlike Lungwort or White Comfrey, both of which are also members of the Borage family of plants. It has bright blue (and sometimes pink) flowers with white eyes, as do the Forget-me-nots, also members of the Borage family of plants.

Green Alkanet is a relatively common flowering plant, although in April 2022 - when the plant was first spotted in the Cemetery - you could see it everywhere around West Worthing, colonizing untended gardens and drives, seemingly for the first time.

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Green Alkanet

It has bright blue (and sometimes pink) flowers with white eyes, as do the Forget-me-nots, also members of the Borage family of plants.

Green Alkanet

Green Alkanet has hairy leaves and stems.