Herb latin name: Onosma frutescens

Family: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

June to

Habitat of Onosma frutescens:

Limestone slopes and rocks to 1600 metres.

Other uses of the herb:

A red dye is obtained from the root. It is an alkanna substitute.

Propagation of Onosma frutescens:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings in a frame in the summer. Shade them for the first 10 - 12 days.

Cultivation of the herb:

Limestone slopes and rocks to 1600 metres.

Medicinal use of Onosma frutescens:

None known

Known hazards of Onosma frutescens:

The bristly stems and leaves can cause a good deal of irritation to the skin.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.