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Trichodesma scottii - Socotran Borage

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Boraginaceae (Borages)
Origin: Socotra Island (Indian Ocean- Yemen)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: Unknown
Trichodesma scottii (Socotran Borage) - Upright evergreen shrub to 4-5' tall with 7 inch long large by 4 inch wide obovate leaves and large umbels of 1 inch long pendant white flowers in winter and spring - the flower is described by some as looking like an "upturned mop". A very showy and unusual plant in bloom but with little cultural information available. We have grown our plants in full to part sun and irrigate regularly because only because they are in containers but since this plant hails from an extremely dry climate, we suspect that it can be grown without much irrigation. There is a planting in the ground at the Fullerton Arboretum growing well in part day sun with only occasional irrigation. Hardy to at least 28F. Trichodesma has about 45 species native to tropical and subtropical regions from Africa to Asia and Australia. Trichodesma scottii is a little known species from the island of Socotra (Yemen) where it grows in mountain thickets. Our plants are from seed collected from plants grown in cultivation in the United States that were from seed collected in 1999 at Jebel Haghir Soqotra (Socotra) Yemen.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Trichodesma scottii.