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botanical name:
Trachystemon orientalis
Trachystemon orientalis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Aci hodan, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, Oriental Borage
synonyms:  Borago orientalis
family:  Boraginaceae
characteristics: perennial, ground-cover
height: 0.60m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: light blue
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Spreading rhizomatous perennial with very large, coarse-textured, hairy green leaves. Spikes of Borage-like starry blue flowers in spring.

Any moist, humus-rich, fertile soil in sun or shade. Robust grower and will tolerate a certain amount of dryness once established and will therefore often succeed in dry shade.

From seed or by division

Good ground cover in woodland situations

The cooked young stems, leaves and rhizomes are eaten as a vegitable in Turkey.

other notes:
From the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus. Naturalised in some parts of Britain.
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