Alkanna tinctoria

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Alkanna tinctoria (L.) Tausch

Boraginaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: cincinnus

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Solananae
Ordo:
Boraginales
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Alkanna tinctoria is a perennial.

Contents

Naming

Alkanna tinctoria was described by Ignaz Friedrich Tausch in 1824. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Alkanna tinctoria is the type species of the genus Alkanna which contains approximately 67 to 77 species and belongs to the family of the Boraginaceae (Borage Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials are comparatively long-lived.

Leaves

Alkanna tinctoria is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Alkanna tinctoria produces cincinni of sky-blue flowers.

The perennials produce schizocarps.

Root System

Distribution

Alkanna tinctoria is native to France, the Apennine Peninsula, eastern Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, Romania and Northwest Africa.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy or gritty-sandy soil.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Alkanna tinctoria is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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