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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!
Generally not harvested.
Can be taken from either root or softwood.
Attracts useful insects
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
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.
Can also suffer from leaf mining saw flies