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Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'

Also known as

Large blue alkanet, Alkanet

Photo by Roosie (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

A Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist plant with deep blue flowers
A close up of a blue Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' flower at The Newt Somerset
Some blue Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' flowers and green foliage growing at The Newt Somerset

Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist' Overview

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' is a herbaceous perennial cultivar in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It produces sturdy stems of deep blue summer flowers appear in early summer which turn more purple with age. This large blue alkanet makes a striking and long-lasting statement in a sunny border and does not need staking. This cultivar is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

Can also suffer from leaf mining saw flies

How to harvest Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'



Can be taken from either root or softwood.

Special features of Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'

This perennial is perfect for wildlife friendly gardens in free draining beds or borders. It suits a variety of gardening styles but in particular cottage gardens.


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