Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Deep gentian-blue flowers are a rarity in the garden and ‘Loddon Royalist’ provides metre-high spires that are adored by bees and, next to Red Valerian (Centranthus rubra), it fizzes in a sunny border
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, fertile, well-drained
- Rate of growth: vigourous
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Sturdy stems of deep blue summer flowers, turning blue-purple with age, appear in early summer above rosettes of mid-green leaves. This large blue alkanet makes a striking and long-lasting statement in a sunny border and does not need staking. The flowers are attractive to bees, too.
- Garden care: Anchusas dont like wet soil. Deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers and in early autumn cut the stems back down to the ground.
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