Anchusa azurea

Anchusa azurea

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Flowers
Flowers
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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Anchusa azurea
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 1.2m

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • Blue
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Sow
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Divide
Divide
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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