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How to Grow Anchusa

Anchusa

Position – Sun or part shade

Soil – Moist, well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

About Anchusa


Anchusa are perennials, annuals or biennials native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. Tall and elegant spires hold an abundance of large gentian blue ‘forget me not’ flowers, that transform throughout maturity with multi-tonal shades from June to July. These are highly attractive to bees and other wildlife and they look fantastic in mixed borders. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within a cottage and informal garden setting. You can expect to see Anchusa grow to an approximate height of 1.2m (4’) and a spread of 45cm (18”).

How to plant Anchusa


Anchusa are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within a neutral, acidic and alkaline PH balance. Anchusa require deep planting holes so their long roots can grow correctly and efficiently whilst absorbing necessary nourishment and moisture. Anchusa will thrive in a position of full sun or part shade.

How to care for Anchusa


Anchusa dislike winter wet, therefore it is recommended that you protect your plants with a generous layer of mulch. Deadhead Anchusa after the initial flush of flowers to encourage a second wave of blooms. Cut the top growth after the flowering period to encourage a subsequent rosette of healthy, lush foliage.

How to propagate Anchusa


It is possible to propagate Anchusa by root cuttings during the autumn or early winter. Alternatively, divide clumps during early spring, however it will self-seed freely.

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