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Italian Bugloss, Alkanet
Scientific Name: Anchusa azurea P. Mill.
Synonym: Anchusa italica
Family: Boraginaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-24,29-45
USDA: 3-8

Heat Tolerance: Some afternoon shade is useful in hotter climates

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Europe and Asia

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, 1 to 5 feet tall (30-150 cm), 12 to 18 inches spread (30-45 cm); hairy stems; lance shaped leaves, 4 to 8 inches long (10-20 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs good drainage

Propagation: Root cutting, named cultivars don't come true from seed, division, seeds indoor in late winter to spring (1 to 4 weeks)

  • 'Loddon Royalist' is a medium-sized cultivar, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm), with large flowers up to 0.8 inches in diameter (2 cm)
  • 'Dropmore' is generally propagated by seeds

Cultural Practices:
Plant 12 to 18 inches apart (30-45 cm).

Blooming Habits:
The Alkanet bears blue flowers, in loose clusters, in late spring. Deadhead the spent flowers to prolong the blooming period and prevent self-sowing. The foliage can be cut back after it finishes blooming, if it starts flopping.

Fruiting Habits:

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