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Cape Forget-Me-Not

Anchusa capensis

Also known as

Annual Anchusa, Summer-Forget-Me-Not, Anchusa, Summer forget-me-not, Cape-forget-me-not, Stergras, Koringblom, Bugloss, Alkanet

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

60cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cape Forget-Me-Not Overview

Anchusa consists of annual, biennial and perennial plants with the general characteristics of the borage family. There are about 35 species varying from erect to spreading and mound forming with A. capensis is indigenous to South Africa and known to as Cape forget-me-not. Occurring naturally in sunny dry sites, next to roadsides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland. The plants are grown as an annual for their beautiful small striking blue flowers.

Common problems with Cape Forget-Me-Not

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Cape Forget-Me-Not

    Generally not harvested, the stems are hollow and don't stand up in water as cut flowers.

    How to propagate Cape Forget-Me-Not

    Cuttings

    Root basal cuttings in spring.

    Seed

    Selfseed easily - sow seeds in Autumn befor the winter rain.

    Special features of Cape Forget-Me-Not

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers attract bees. Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.

    Pot plant

    Attracts butterflies

    Drought resistant

    Attracts bees

    Pioneer

    Other uses of Cape Forget-Me-Not

    A compact plant useful for edging, rock gardens, and borders. The flowers attract bees. In warm climates these plants are sometimes grown as perennials.

    Edible

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