Garden Anchusa

Anchusa azurea

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A close up of a some blue Anchusa azurea flowers
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Anchusa azurea is a herbaceous perennial cultivar in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It typically grows to around 90cm in height, producing sturdy, branching stems of blue flowers in early summer. The flowers develop to a darker blue-purple shade with age. Commonly by the names ltalian borage, Italian alkanet and garden Anchusa, this attractive plant makes a striking and long-lasting statement in a sunny border. Foliage is textured and covered in coarse hairs, leaves are produced mainly at the base and these are lance-shaped. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Can be taken from either root or softwood.

Special features

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

This perennial is perfect for wildlife friendly gardens in free draining beds or borders. It suits a variety of gardening styles but in particular cottage gardens.

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

Mild

Problems

Can also suffer from leaf mining saw flies

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