Cape-Forget-Me-Not

Anchusa capensis

Anchusa, Vergeet-My-Nietjie, Ystergras, Koringblom, Ossetongblaar (Afr.), Petlekheme (Sesotho)

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Anchusa capensis
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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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings in spring.

Seed

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

Special features

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

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Sunny dry sites, along road sides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

profile iconAnchusa capensis
by Liesl van der Walt, Kirstenbosch, National Botanical Garden, October 2000. Updated and expanded by Monique McQuillan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)