Alkanna tinctoria

Alkanna tinctoria

  • Alkanna tinctoria
  • Alkanna tinctoria
  • Alkanna tinctoria
  • Alkanna tinctoria
  • Flower name
    Alkanna tinctoria
  • Scientific name
    Alkanna tinctoria
  • Aliasアルカンナ, Alkanet
  • Place of origin southeastern Europe
  • Place of floweringGarden
  • Flowering seasonMay, June, July

What is Alkanna tinctoria

Alkanna tinctoria (scientific name: Alkanna tinctoria) is a perennial herb in the family Boraginaceae native to southeastern Europe. The stems are rough and coarse with stiff hairs. It produces small blue-purple flowers in spring to summer. The roots have a red pigment called alkannin, which is used as a source of dye. It is made into a potpourri. However, it is not used as a food because of its liver poisoning. Its roots have been used as a red dye for cosmetics since ancient Egypt.

Common name: Alkanna tinctoria, scientific name: Alkanna tinctoria, Place of origin: Southeastern Europe, Grass height: 10-30 cm, flowering season: May to July, Flower diameter: 0.5-0.8 cm, flower color: dark blue or blue-violet


  • Eye
    Boraginales
  • Family
    Boraginaceae
  • Genus
    Alkanna
  • Species
    A. tinctoria
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Scorpion inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Five-petal
  • Leaf type
    kidney-shaped
  • Edge of the leaf
    All edges
  • Life typeperennial herb
  • Flower colorsPurple Blue
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height10.0 ~ 30.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower0.5 ~ 0.8 cm

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