A highly useful plant that is coveted by bees for its nectar production. It has been used since prehistoric days as medicine for ailing tissues and remineralizing bones. Its most common use is a fertilizer, mulch, and insectary uses.
Large and bushy with dark green veiny leaves. Tall flowering stalks host purple hanging bell shaped flowers that are swarmed by bees. Covered in a prickly pubescence.
Leaves: Harvest up to 3 times per season as a mulch. Harvest and place in water for 2 weeks to make a nutrient, mineral, and enzyme rich fertilizer.
Roots: Cut into small pieces and soak in oil to create a great remedy for skin ailments.
Flowers: One of the best bee fodder crops available. Plant a large swath of it and you will never have to care for it yet your bees will benefit immensely.
Plant crowns at 1' to 1.5' spacing to create a tight canopy that will suppress weeds. Plant thongs at 8" to 18".
Hoe as necessary. Provide ample water to make abundant leaves or leave it be and it will still do great.
Use a spade for to loosen soil on all sides. Then pry it up by levering the spade fork while pulling on the vegetation.