Anchusa azurea

Anchusa azurea

A short-lived perennial (2-3 years) with a coarse, hairy leaves that come from a clump. It produces loose sprays of vibrant blue flowers from late spring into summer. They resemble the blooms of forget-me-nots. It does self-seed, so it can regenerate itself. Can grow in full sun, but appears to be able to tolerate reasonable amounts of shade. The bees love this plant.

Pronunciation: an-KOO-suh a-ZOOR-ee-uh

Species Meaning: Sky blue

Anchusa azurea is native to Mediterranean.

Cultivation Notes

It prefers moist, well-drained, soil, but established plants will tolerate drought.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P22338

Found in Fairy Garden,

IN the bed between the seat and the pond, approximately in the center.

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Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Anchusa

Species: azurea

Commonly known as: Italian alkanet, Italian bugloss

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Evergreen
Flowering
Perennial
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Spring
Summer
Dormancy:
Winter
Zone:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!
Benefits and Attracts:
Bees

Resistant to Deer and Snail.

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