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.
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’.
Native to Iran, Afghanistan, and central Asia. Absolutely covered with slender, sinuous spikes of...
Native to Armenia and the Caucasus. May be a form o fN. racemosa. Makes a thick, low mound to...
Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...