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Anchusa azurea

Garden anchusa

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Anchusa azurea

Plant details

Anchusa azurea is one of the best plants to provide a hit of intense blue in the garden. The tall plants have a bristly, hairy texture rather like comfrey, while the flowers are held well above the leaves and shine out at the back of a border. It's a great choice for growing in a mixed herbaceous border or cottage garden. Its blooms are loved by bees.

Grow Anchusa azurea in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Stake plants and cut back stems after flowering in early autumn. Root cuttings can be taken from autumn to early winter and clumps divided in early spring, but it will self-seed freely.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Anchusa

Species: azurea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Time to take cuttings: October to December

Flowering period: June to September

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