Common Name: Early-Flowering Borage
Scientific Name: Trachystemon orientalis
Origin: Southern Europe, southwestern Asia
Bloom time: March - April
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.