a.k.a. Italian Bugloss or Italian Alkanet
Anchusa produces intense gentian-blue flowers in spring, summer and into fall.
Flowers are edible and make a striking garnish.
DROPMORE Anchusa Seeds
'Dropmore' Anchusa was introduced prior to 1905 and continues to be popular today. Plants grow 4-5 feet tall, produce deep blue, late spring, summer and fall flowers. Staked plants give the best appearance, a small tomato cage works perfectly. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant ANCHUSA Seeds
Sow Anchusa seeds in cell packs or
flats, press into soil and
barely cover. Light aids
germination. Kept at 70° F., germination is in
21-28 days. Can direct sow
into prepared seed beds, in groups
of 3-4 seeds, spaced 16-24
inches apart. Thin to
strongest plant. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Comments: Full sun. Anchusa plants tolerate heat, poor soil, and drought. Does not like high humidity. Grow Anchusa lean, give moderate water and little fertilizer. This helps keep plants more compact and increases flowers. After flowering, cut Anchusa plants back to 4-6 inches tall to promote full, repeat bloom in September. Anchusa flowers attract bees and butterflies; are favorites of Swallowtails. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.