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Anchusa

Anchusa

Anchusa are hardy annuals and perennials from the borage family (Boraginaceae). The genus includes about 40 species native to Europe, North Africa, South Africa and Western Asia. Some have been introduced and established in the USA. They have the general characteristics of the borage family with large leaves covered with bristly hairs. The leaves are simple or undulate. They are useful for heavy borders. The plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall and produce purple or blue flowers which are showy either on the plant or in bouquets. Propagated from seed sown in early spring, either where the plants are to be grown or in boxes or they can be stared in hotbeds and pots and planted out when large enough to transplant. The common kind is the annual, which can escape the garden and become somewhat weedy on open ground. Plants bloom in summer. The seeds are good sized and easy to handle and sow. Sow seeds and use F 75 Days and F 60 nights, germination in 3 to 9 weeks. Grow out the seedling under cool conditions (50-58F) for best first year plants.

Code Name Image Price  
AN3A Anchusa azurea Anchusa azurea $2.40
ACBA-A3 Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel' Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel' $1.00
AN3S-A8 Anchusa officinalis Anchusa officinalis $1.00