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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
description:
Spreading rhizomatous perennial with very large, coarse-textured, hairy green leaves. Spikes of Borage-like starry blue flowers in spring.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From seed or by division

usage:
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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