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Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Murasaki - Seeds

Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Murasaki - Seeds, 1 packet

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Description

  • Boraginaceae
  • China, Japan, Korea
  • H 0.6m x 0.6m L
  • Z6 to Z9
  • Perennial
  • Synonym : Purple Gromwell, Murasaki
  • 1 packet of 15 seeds

 

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Medicinal and dyeing herb that has become very rare because of the intensive harvesting of wild specimens in its countries of origin - it is an endangered and protected species.

It grows back every year from a reddish-brown woody root stump, the young roots being a beautiful purple.

Stems are erect, then falling under their weight, branched and populated with small leaves 3 to 5 cm long and 0.5 to 1 cm wide, arranged in a helix all along the stem.

Small white flowers appear at the top of the stems and in a staggered way as the plant grows, uninterrupted from early summer to the first frosts. They are extremely attractive to bees, which spend long hours foraging there in great number.

Small gray seeds follow, gathered in groups of 4, and persist part of the winter before falling to the ground or being eaten by the birds.

This hardy plant does not appreciate having its roots in poorly drained soil (rot).

Cultivation

Sow in March-April, in pots, in the sun, in the heat, and sheltered from night frosts.

Transplant outside at the end of May, in well-draining soil, well worked and enriched with manure compost, in sunny exposure.

Water copiously in times of drought or heatwave.

You can also sow directly in place in June : Keep the seedlings well weeded.

 

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Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Murasaki - Seeds

Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Murasaki - Seeds

Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Murasaki - Seeds, 1 packet

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