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Brief Description: Perennial, herbaceous plant. Creeping or ascending sprouts, with height 10-30 cm, with trichome of numerous short and long hairs without glands. Leaves greenish or whitish, hairy, linear to oblong-lanceolate. Blue corolla, externally smooth. Fruit schizocarp consisting of single-seeded carpels. Polymorphic species with several subspecies. 
Bibliography: Γεννάδιος Π. 1959. Λεξικόν Φυτολογικόν. Αθήναι. Εκδοτική Αθηνών 1983. Εκπαιδευτική Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια, Τόμος 10, Φυτολογία. Αθήνα. Huber-Morath A. 1978. Alkanna Tausch In: Davis P. H. (ed.) Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 6: 414-434. Edinburgh. 
Particular Features: Red pigment is produced from the plant's root. It is used in pharmaceutics, distillery and confectionery. 
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