Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Borago officinalis

Bourrache
Borage

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

blue

Flower size

20-25 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

60 cm

Description

A bristly, hairy annual, sometimes biennial, native to the Mediterranean area.

Dry grassy areas, roadsides, waste ground.

Flowers

The flowers are sky-blue, five-petalled with black antherupper fertile part of the stamen containing the pollen shaped to a point.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Elliptic oval leaf. Basal leaves: oval, long, wider in the middle, pointed, with stalks, 3-11 cm long.
Stem leaves: stalkless, long, wider in the middle, pointed.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: 4 small brownish-black nuts hidden in the calyx.

Edible

Leaves and flowers: in moderation, contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that may cause liver damage or liver cancer.

Medical

Seeds: are safe to use. Seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acids used nutritionally and to regulate the hormonal system; also to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular problems.

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