|Prized for their blue flowers, these annuals, biennials and perennials usually live only two to three years. Plants have coarse, hairy leaves, and all need full sun. Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis) and Brunnera macrophylla (formerly Anchusa myosotidiflora) are closely-related perennials. Anchusa officinalis is used as a medicinal herb and in dying fabric. Other Italian Buglosses come in a variety of heights, with flowers in varying shades of blue. Start by seed in spring, division in spring or fall, and root cuttings. Cut back to promote second bloom. May need staking.
Its 3-foot stems end in sprays of royal blue flowers. Hard to remove once established. Watch for crown rot in poorly drained, wet soils.
Attributes - Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: Blue
Height: 2 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Notes: Long Blooming, Low Maintenance.