Abraham-Isaac-Jacob - Trachystemon orientalis

Alternative names
Early-flowering Borage

A plant with coarse leaves, reminiscent of small comfrey leaves, whilst the flowers, which appear before the leaves in very early Spring, are like compressed spikes of borage. The flowers are curious in that the petals are rolled and as the flowers die back, the purple stamens remain sticking out.

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Usually found as a garden escape or throw out, and often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers late March to June.

UK Status

Quite widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in the wild  in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Eastern Borage, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, Isaac and Jacob, Abraham
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/03/2023 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
27/03/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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