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A picture of a Cape-Forget-Me-Not


Anchusa capensis

Also known as

Anchusa, Vergeet-My-Nietjie, Ystergras, Koringblom, Ossetongblaar (Afr.), Petlekheme (Sesotho), Summer forget-me-not, Cape-forget-me-not, Bugloss, Alkanet

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Cape-Forget-Me-Not

Habit of Anchusa capensis
Anchusa capensis is visited by African Monarch butterflies at Kirstenbosch
Anchusa capensis in the summer display at Kirstenbosch
Anchusa capensis and Diascia integerrima flowering in mid-summer

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

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


    Root basal cuttings in spring.


    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


    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.


    Garden Annuals

    Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.

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