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Italian bugloss Anchusa azurea

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
an-CUE-sah ah-ZUR-ee-ah
Description

The small, bright blue flowers of Alkanet are borne in loose clusters or cymes from late spring to mid-summer.  Grow in full sun, but provide some afternoon shade during the hot summer months.  Some taller plants may need to be staked for support.  

This plant is not drought tolerant, mulching around the plant base will aid in retaining moisture.  The mulch will also provide protection for the plant after the bloom season has ended.  Cut back the plants at the end of the season and assure that the roots (but not the crown) are protected by mulch. 

This plant will self-seed. Deadheading will help to eliminate this tendency as well as prolong the bloom period.   

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Under the right conditions such as deep, rich, fertile soil, it can become invasive.  Self-seeding, if not dealt with can also lead to an invasion of new plants. 

Crown rot is an issue for this plant.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Loddon Royalist'
    Purple-blue flowers
'Loddon Royalist'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#herbaceous perennial#wildflower garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Loddon Royalist'
    Purple-blue flowers
'Loddon Royalist'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#herbaceous perennial#wildflower garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anchusa
    Species:
    azurea
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Central Europe to Mediterranean and Pakistan.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Small groups
    Specimen