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Scientific Name: Pentaglottis sempervirens
Common Name: Green Alkanet
Pentaglottis is a monotypic (having only one type or representative) genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae. It is represented by this single species, Pentaglottis sempervirens, commonly known as Green Alkanet,and is a bristly, perennial plant native to Western Europe.
It grows to approximately 60 cm to 90 cm, usually in damp or shaded places and often close to buildings. It has brilliant blue flowers, and retains its green leaves through the winter. Green Alkanet, an introduced species in the British Isles (probably been here since the 1700's), blooms in spring and early summer. Its stamens are hidden inside narrow flower-tubes which end in a white eye in the centre of a blue flower.
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