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Cape forget-me-not

Anchusa capensis

Anchusa consists of annual, biennial and perennial plants with the general characteristics of the borage family. There are about 35 species varying from erect to spreading and mound forming with A. capensis is indigenous to South Africa and known to as Cape forget-me-not. Occurring naturally in sunny dry sites, next to roadsides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland. The plants are grown as an annual for their beautiful small striking blue flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, the stems are hollow and don't stand up in water as cut flowers.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root basal cuttings in spring.
Seed
Selfseed easily - sow seeds in Autumn befor the winter rain.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract bees. Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Sunny dry sites, along road sides, stony hills, cliffs and grassland.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Boraginaceae
Flower colour
Shades of blue
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

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