Alkanet (Anchusa officinalis) Non-Native

Alkanet (Anchusa officinalis) Non-Native

Parts used: flowers, young leaves, root

Medicinal and other uses: Flowers and young leaves can be added to salads. A root decoction is given as a blood cleanser and expectorant for coughs. Powdered root rind is used to color hair and medicines. It can also be used as a fabric dye.

Cautions: None stated (Bremness 145).

Alkanet Anchusa officinalis

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