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Pentaglottis sempervirens (L.) Tausch ex L.H. Bailey
green alkanet (evergreen bugloss)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from deep, thick roots, stiff-hairy; stems erect, 30-100 cm tall.
Basal leaves egg-shaped, net-veined, abruptly contracted at the base, up to 40 cm long, long-stalked below, becoming unstalked above.
Inflorescence a terminal, bracted, dense cyme; corolla regular, bright blue, 8-10 mm wide, the tubes shorter than the limbs, the calyces divided more than 3/4 to base; calyces 10-20 mm long; stamens equal, included.
Nutlets 4; short-stalked.
This species was first recorded for BC by F. Lomer in 2000.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry gravelly slopes and roadsides in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Burnaby and N Vancouver; introduced from S Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Anchusa sempervirens L.
Caryolophora sempervirens (L.) Fisch. & Trautv.

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