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Cape Forget-Me Not Anchusa capensis

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
an-CUE-sa ka-PEN-sis
Description

Native to South Africa this tender biennial grown as an annual and it adds some knock-out blue color to any landscape.  It tolerates poor dry soil but does best in rich moist soil with good drainage. Prefers full sun but tolerates part shade; fertilize lightly; Its has coarse foliage and it can be shear back about 3" after each flowering cycle to encourage a second bloom.  It self-sows in mild winter areas.

Cultivars:
  • 'Blue Angel'
  • 'Blue Bird'
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#full sun#partial shade#annual#blue#biennial#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#moist soil#poor soils#well-drained soil
Cultivars:
  • 'Blue Angel'
  • 'Blue Bird'
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#full sun#partial shade#annual#blue#biennial#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#moist soil#poor soils#well-drained soil
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anchusa
    Species:
    capensis
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Flowers can be added to salads and leaves are also edible.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar attracts bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 10 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is a schizocarp, splitting into chambers containing a single seed each
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Red buds open to small very showy colbolt blue flowers which appear on the top half of 18" tall stalks in helicoid cymes from early summer to late summer. Flowers have 5, bright blue petals and 5, feathery white scales in the center, protecting the stigma and anthers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Sand papery basal green leaves can be eaten like spinach.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Thick at the bottom getting thinner as they extend, with the new growth often a beautiful deep red.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer