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Anchusa azurea ‘Feltham Pride’  (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Anchusa azurea ‘Feltham Pride’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 1-24
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Moderate

Anchusa capensis

Summer Forget-Me-Not
Boraginaceae
Annuals, Perennials

ANCHUSA

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 capensis

Native to South Africa, where it grows in disturbed areas such as along roads. Grows to 1 1/2 ft. tall and about 8 in. wide with narrow leaves. Bright blue, 1/2-in.-wide flowers with white throats come in open clusters about 2 in. long. It prefers dry, sandy soils. Can be weedy, but sky blue blooms are welcome in many gardens. Bees love them. Plant in well-drained soil. Pretty with white or lavender African daisy (Osteospermum).

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