Cj Verde wrote:Do the leaves smell like cucumber?
Cj Verde wrote:OK, Boraginaceae is the wiki page to look at. I thought it must be in the same family as comfrey & borage if it smells like cucumber so I checked out the genus, then family and guess what is in the Boraginaceae family? Forget-me-not! So either way you're on the right track.
David Croucher wrote:Galadriel, our region seems in the last few decades to be seeing this plant spreading as a pernicious weed - like dandelion or bindweed, but even harder to get rid of! It IS a relative of comfrey and borage. Common names Evergreen Bugloss and Green Alkanet, it's Pentaglottis sempervirens. It's a perennial with vigorous growth and a very deep taproot, and is immense at full growth, and very freely seeds - as you'll find if you let it. It responds to the usual methods of eradication, but needs many treatments, and its seeds seem to live for years in the soil.
Green Alkanet seems to have been introduced a long while ago by monks, because its roots yield a fine deep red dye. It's always been around, then, but not in large amounts until recently. If you'd like it as a ground cover plant or a fine-looking standalone specimen, do remember to pull stems (wearing gloves) before it sets seed. Otherwise, it will take you over! Ripe seeds apart, it's a good composting and mulching plant, like borage, and its flowers are delightful!
Enjoy its looks, but don't let it take over. And to get rid of it needs a lot of work.
Fiona Sturgess wrote:This is Alkanet, otherwise known as Anchusa. It is a relative of Comfrey. It spreads widely and can become a nuisance.