|Scientific name:||Anchusa strigosa Banks et Solander|
|Common name:||Prickly Alkanet|
|Hebrew name:||לשון-פר סמורה|
|Arabic name:||لسان الثور / حمحم|
|Stems:||Stout tuberculate-strigose; a few 40-100 cm long stems; very variable as far as the numbers of prickles on the stem is concerned|
|Leaves:||Alternate, rosette, entire|
|Flowers:||Light blue, dark blue, white|
|Fruits / pods:||Nutlets 6-8 x 2-3 mm, oblong, erect|
|Flowering Period:||March, April, May, June|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts|
|Chorotype:||Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Anchusa, αγχουσα, a plant used for cosmetic as a rouge.
strigosa, striga, a straight rigid close-pressed rather short bristle-like hair; strigosa - covered with strigae, bristled.
The Hebrew name: לשון-פר, lashon-par, 'ox-tongue', the leaves have raised spots with short, hooked bristles, giving the leaves a very rough feeling (like an ox’s tongue, hence the name).
See the list of Medicinal herbs in Israel, the parts used and their medical uses to treat various diseases.