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Anchusa azurea 'Dropmore'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Anchusa (an-KOO-suh) (Info)
Species: azurea (a-ZOOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dropmore

Synonym:Anchusa italica

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

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

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative rhpfman On Feb 16, 2015, rhpfman from Lompoc, CA wrote:

Pretty flowers but scratchy unattractive leaves that can literally burn and scar your skin. Not terribly invasive (that is it doesn't travel far) but difficult to eradicate. Make sure you plant it where you want it and if you want it out of your garden, make sure you get every part of the root system!

Positive Cocoa1904 On Feb 25, 2012, Cocoa1904 from Abilene, KS wrote:

This plant is stunning when it blooms the second year. The flowers are a very brilliant blue. I would recommend providing support for the bloom stalks, especially in a windy area.

Positive CatskillDeb On Apr 21, 2009, CatskillDeb from Oneonta, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

Planted 3 as seedlings from mail-order. They grew as short coarse leaves in first year and in second year sent up stalks with incredible long-lasting blooms, like delphiniums on steroids! Didn't come back for year three; possibly crown rot. Seems to be short-lived plant, but oh so worth it. I now have another set of anchusa that came thru their first winter fine and should bloom this year. I plan to plant it every year so I always have it.

Neutral bulbhound On Jun 24, 2006, bulbhound from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

still hasnt sent out bloom shoots 6/23/06 but leaves are strong and robust sting like thistles! will update when it blooms

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

I have 'Dropmore' in my garden. I don't know if it has survive our last very wet and cold winter. I 've grown "Loddon Royalist' before and it has suddenly disappaered after three years... I guess they are not long-living perennials..
'Dropmore' is flowering in shades of dark purple blue. In my experience A. azurea needs support..the flowerheads get so heavy from flowers and seeds...they 'll flop. I also cut them down a little mid-summer to make the stems less heavy and help to rebloom...otherwise you 'll end with lots of finished blooms and a few flowers in top. I 've found it impossible to replant a mature plant. They have thick very fleshy roots. Not like the annual Anchusa it does 'nt selfseed a lot....
Handling the plants causes with me skin irritation. Bees and butterflies just love this big 'Forget-me-not' 's always very very buzzy on this plant. It loves sun but 'll take a little shade too. I love it because it provides a big blue mass in my garden.
In my experience these can be propagated by seed..I 've got equal plants from seed.


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

Lompoc, California
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
Dallas, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Abilene, Kansas
Pownal, Maine
South Lyon, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Oneonta, New York
Edgeley, North Dakota
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Belfair, Washington
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

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