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Anchusa Genus

Alkanet

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Description

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.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Shrubs

Other common names

Bugloss

Origin

Europe, Africa and W. Asia

The name derives from the Greek word 'anchousa'; a cosmetic paint for staining the skin.

Interest and use

Grown for their usually blue flowers. Can be used in window boxes or as a bedding plant.

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Propagate perennials by root cuttings in winter, annuals and biennials by seed in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to mildew.

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