Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Alkanet, the commercial name of two distinct plants, both used in dyeing. True Alkanet is obtained from the Lamsonia inermis, the macerated leaves of which yield a yellow dye. False Alkanet, obtained from another plant the Anchusa tinctoria, is the more important of the two; it furnishes a brilliant violet dye, and contains a violet colouring matter known as Anchusin.