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Anchusa genus (Alkanet). This genus in the Boraginaceae family comprising of roughly 40 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, some of which are evergreen, usually with blue flowers which are produced in clusters in the spring.
Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Shrubs
Europe, Africa and W. Asia
The name derives from the Greek word 'anchousa'; a cosmetic paint for staining the skin.
Grown for their usually blue flowers. Can be used in window boxes or as a bedding plant.
Fully to frost hardy. Needs sun and well drained soil; resents too much winter wet.
The tall, perennial species may need to be staked and allowed room to spread.
Propagate perennials by root cuttings in winter, annuals and biennials by seed in autumn or spring.
Prone to mildew.
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