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Botanical name: Anchusa officinalis
Other names: Alkanet, Common bugloss, Common anchusa
Species: A. officinalis - A. officinalis is an upright perennial with hairy, lance-shaped leaves, hairy stems, and deep purple to blue flowers with white centres in summer through early autumn
Anchusa officinalis is: Deciduous
Flower: Blue in Summer; Blue in Autumn
Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn
Habit: Erect, Upright
Specific pests: Leaf-mining sawflies
Specific diseases: Powdery mildew
Pruning: Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. Cut back top growth after flowering to encourage a rosette of foliage.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed, Root cuttings, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Anchusa officinalis (Alkanet) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Wildlife, Gravel
Cultivation: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Will perform best in dry, sandy sites.
Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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