Anchusa, Vergeet-My-Nietjie, Ystergras, Koringblom, Ossetongblaar (Afr.), Petlekheme (Sesotho)
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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.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Generally not harvested, the stems are hollow and don't stand up in water as cut flowers.
Root basal cuttings in spring.
Selfseed easily - sow seeds in Autumn befor the winter rain.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract bees. Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.
Sunny dry sites, along road sides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Generally problem free
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)