Also known as
Anchusa, Vergeet-My-Nietjie, Ystergras, Koringblom, Ossetongblaar (Afr.), Petlekheme (Sesotho), Summer forget-me-not, Cape-forget-me-not, Bugloss, Alkanet
Anchusa capensis by Nicola van Berkel (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
This plant has no fragrance
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Anchusa consists of annual, biennial and perennial plants with the general characteristics of the borage family. There are about 35 species varying from erect to spreading and mound forming with A. capensis is indigenous to South Africa and known to as Cape forget-me-not. Occurring naturally in sunny dry sites, next to roadsides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland. The plants are grown as an annual for their beautiful small striking blue flowers. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Cape-Forget-Me-Not
Generally problem free
How to harvest Cape-Forget-Me-Not
Generally not harvested, the stems are hollow and don't stand up in water as cut flowers.
How to propagate Cape-Forget-Me-Not
Root basal cuttings in spring.
Selfseed easily - sow seeds in Autumn befor the winter rain.
Special features of Cape-Forget-Me-Not
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract bees. Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.
Other uses of Cape-Forget-Me-Not
A compact plant useful for edging, rock gardens, and borders. The flowers attract bees. In warm climates these plants are sometimes grown as perennials.
Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.