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Anchusa

Alkanet
Boraginaceae
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers

These strong growers are related to forget-me-not (Myosotis) but are larger and showier. Their vibrant blue flowers appear from late spring through summer. Alkanets—sometimes called buglosses—are also easy to grow: plant them in well-drained soil and cut back spent flowers for a second bloom. High humidity inhibits growth.

Anchusa azurea (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Anchusa azurea (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Anchusa azurea

Native to the Mediterranean region. An open, spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Leaves grow 6 in. or longer and are covered with bristly hairs. Clusters of bright blue blossoms appear over a long period in summer, sometimes continuing into fall. Look for gentian blue ‘Dropmore’, sky blue ‘Opal’, and rich blue ‘Loddon Royalist’.

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