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Alkanet

Anchusa spp.

Also known as

Bugloss

Anchusa strigosa 3 by Gidip (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

90cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Alkanet Overview

Genus of around 37 species of annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous plants from the Boraginaceae family, naturally found across Europe, North and South Africa and Western Asia. They have been introduced to the USA. This genus has characteristic bristly hairs covering the plant surface and produces pretty, symmetrical, bright blue-purple flowers with 5 petals that are very popular with bees.

How to propagate Alkanet

Cuttings

Propagate perennials by root cuttings in winter, annuals and biennials by seed in autumn or spring.

Seed

Other uses of Alkanet

Grown for their usually blue flowers. Can be used in window boxes or as a bedding plant.

Blue Flowering Summer Plants

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Aconite

Aconitum spp.

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