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Anchusa capensis

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Anchusa (an-KOO-suh) (Info)
Species: capensis (ka-PEN-sis) (Info)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral AlanRockGarden On May 30, 2005, AlanRockGarden from Louisville, KY wrote:

Annual, but reseeds easily. Found mine has two colors - blue and pink. Looks good when planted in a clump. Consider deadheading to prevent too many off-sping the following year or don't plant in an area where you can't easily maintain the bed or where you walk though regularly - the seeds will stick to your clothes. It is an easy plant to grow.

Neutral saya On Mar 13, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This anchusa is from South-African (Cape) the plants grow during the wet winters and flower in late spring and early summer. It is a tender biennial, grown as an annual. Sow seeds at 15 - 20 C in light.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 30, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Anchusa capensis is a vigorous herb with tall stems of blue flowers shooting up from clumps of bright green leaves. The long narrow leaves are soft, but rough and hairy when touched.

On sunny days the bees love visiting the flowers. The seeds develop inside little green cups, which are formed by the 5 sepals that have united. Inside each cup three seeds or little nuts turn hard and black as they ripen, usually about a month after flowering. Every plant produces hundreds of seeds.

In the garden Anchusa capensis is a very easy plant adapting to most soils, surviving on very little water and seeding itself readily. The basic requirements are full sun and well-drained soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Santa Ana, California
Franklin, North Carolina

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