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Trachystemon orientalis

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Trachystemon (trak-ee-STEE-mon) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)

Synonym:Trachystemon orientale

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GreatScot On Jul 19, 2006, GreatScot from Ankara
Turkey wrote:

This plant is highly edible and grows in the Black Sea mountains in Turkey. Much like spinach it needs a very good soak and rinsing several times because of the bristles, it is a lovely food stem and flowersincluded,when chopped and added to sauted chopped onions then whisked eggs stirred in and allowed to cook through. Salt and pepper to taste.
It is a seasonal plant and not available except by foraging for it ,so when I finally learned its latin name and then found my favorite 'Kaldirik' on the internet, I felt like a discoverer.

Positive howards On Mar 6, 2006, howards from Beaverton, OR wrote:

An unusual groundcover, with bristly leaves similar in shape to a hosta but grouped in a random fashion. Spring brings tiny blue, star-shaped flowers. Untroubled by slugs, and tolerant of more sunlight than hostas.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redwood City, California
Elkton, Maryland
Beaverton, Oregon
Vashon, Washington

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