Early-Flowering Borage

Common Name: Early-Flowering Borage

Scientific Name: Trachystemon orientalis

Origin: Southern Europe, southwestern Asia

Family: Boraginaceae

Bloom time: Spring

Trachystemon orientalis is a great ornamental ground cover for dense shade. A sign that spring is on the way, this perennial sends up electric-blue flowers, a color rarely seen in the plant kingdom, even before it has a single leaf in the early spring and eventually forms a dense ground cover in the Conifer Garden.