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Anchusa officinalis (Alkanet)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Anchusa officinalis

Other names

Alkanet, Common bugloss, Common anchusa

Genus

Anchusa 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

Habit

Erect, Upright

Flower

Blue in Summer; Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf-mining sawflies Leaf-mining sawflies

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. Cut back top growth after flowering to encourage a rosette of foliage.

Propagation methods

Seed, Root cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

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

Exposure

Sheltered

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Anchusa officinalis

Other names

Alkanet, Common bugloss, Common anchusa

Genus

Anchusa 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

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect, Upright


Colour

Flower

Blue in Summer; Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf-mining sawflies

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. Cut back top growth after flowering to encourage a rosette of foliage.

Propagation methods

Seed, Root cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Exposure

Sheltered

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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