Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: an important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield. The book suggests that community and small-scale food forests can provide a real alternative to intensive industrialised agriculture, and help to combat the many inter-related environmental crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth. More >>>

Follow Us:

 

Buglossoides arvensis - (L.)I.M.Johnst.

Common Name Field Gromwell, Corn gromwell
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 6-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Arable fields, rough ground and open grassy places[17].
Range Central and southern Europe, including Britain, through Asia to the Himalayas.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Buglossoides arvensis Field Gromwell, Corn gromwell


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:84_Lithospermum_arvense.jpg
Buglossoides arvensis Field Gromwell, Corn gromwell
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fornax

 

Translate this page:

Summary


Physical Characteristics

 icon of manicon of flower
Buglossoides arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

UK Hardiness Map US Hardiness Map

Synonyms

Aegonychon arvense (L.) Gray; Buglossoides arvensis f. cyanea R.Fern; Lithospermum arvense L; Margar

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

The European Union has granted the refined oil of the seed of Buglossoides arvensis novel food status (a type of food that does not have a significant history of consumption or is produced by a method that has not previously been used for food) and some farmers are growing it.

References

Medicinal Uses

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
Diuretic

An infusion of the leaves is used as a diuretic[240].

References

Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: 500 Plants for Temperate Food Forests and Permaculture Gardens.

An important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield. The book suggests that community and small-scale food forests can provide a real alternative to intensive industrialised agriculture, and help to combat the many inter-related environmental crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth.

Read More

FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

References

Cultivation details

207189 Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil[200].

References

Temperature Converter

Type a value in the Celsius field to convert the value to Fahrenheit:

Fahrenheit:

image

The PFAF Bookshop

Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Book titles include Edible Plants, Edible Perennials, Edible Trees, and Woodland Gardening. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Shop Now

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within a few weeks.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

USA: Corn Gromwell. Puccoon. Denmark: Ager-stenfr. Poland: Nawrot polny. Italiano: Erba perla minore dei campi. France French name: Grémil des champs. Germany German name: Acker-Steinsame. Brazil Brazilian name: aljofareira. Sweden Swedish name: sminkrot.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant may be weedy or invasive. Some evidence in USA: Kentucky. Illinois. Nebraska. Tennessee. Wyoming.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Expert comment

Author

(L.)I.M.Johnst.

Botanical References

17

Links / References

For a list of references used on this page please go here

Readers comment

Tanya Jane-Patmore, York UK   Sat Aug 12 2006

Hi! A few days ago I was in Uppsala botanic garden in Sweden (with Linneaus links) and they grew this plant there, among the 'colouring' plants. the Swedish common name translates loosely as 'make-up root'. I assumed it has something to do with getting colour out of it. Perhaps Uppsala botanic Garden will know? I don't have any links there. tanya

Dr. Laura Popova   Fri Jun 1 2007

I found a note on the usage of this plant. Areshian writes "It was fascinating to find that at that time in the region of Mountainous Karabagh (as well as in other locations in Transcaucasia) women living in remote villages collected field gromwell in its wild habitat in early spring. They processed the roots and extracted from those a beautiful red pigment that was used in folk cosmetics." Areshian, G.E. 1979. Nor nyut’er Hayastani m.t’.a. 3-rd hazaramyaki erkragorcakan tekhnikakan kulturaneri masin. In Arakelian B.N. (ed.), Haykakan SSH-um 1977-1978 t’t’. dashtayin hnagitakan ashkhatank’neri ardyunk’nerin nvirvac zekutsumneri t’ezisner. Yerevan: Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR, 12-14.

Add a comment

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Buglossoides arvensis  
© 2010, Plants For A Future. Plants For A Future is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1057719, Company No. 3204567. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified (but some can). Please view the copyright link for more information.
Web Design & Management