Anchusa azurea 'Dropmore'

approx 25 seeds £2.49
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Buy Anchusa azurea 'Dropmore' alkanet: Vibrant blue, edible flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of Growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Vibrant, deep blue flowers appear on upright stems throughout the summer creating a dazzling display. Their edible petals look wonderful sprinkled into salads or frozen into ice cubes and then plonked into summer drinks. The flowers are also suitable for drying and make colourful additions to pot-pourri. Alkanet makes a great companion to rich plums and purple tones and will thrive in a sunny border. Although short lived the plant can self-seed freely. The flowers are loved by bees and butterflies so they make wonderful additions to the wildlife garden.

  • Garden care:Surface sow the seeds onto the top of seed trays filled with good seed compost, pressing them in gently before watering well. Keep warm under glass until germination (usually 3 - 4 weeks later) and pot on when large enough to handle. Gradually acclimatise before planting out after frost. Late sowing can be done direct into a well-prepared bed outside.

  • Sow: February - June

  • Flowering: June - August

  • Approximate quantity: 25 seeds.

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Eventual height & spread

Huge, sturdy plant

4

I expected something a bit more dainty. The flowers of this plant grown on large, fleshy stems that are about an inch or more thick at the base. The leaves are also very densely packed, so all in all it's a very robust plant. Seedlings are difficult to dig up too thanks to the dense roots (though everything is hard to dig up from my sun baked clay soil). The flowers are a lovely rich blue and the bees love them. My plants have reached over the 90cm promised and the flowers seem to go on and on. None of this makes for a bad plant. I have these near the back of a relatively low border where I had a lot of space to fill and wanted the weeds to be smothered. This plant is a great, attractive option for that. I just have to manage it a bit and hack a few limbs off if they get too close to more delicate plants.

LouLou

Hampshire

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Great plant

5

Beautiful blue flowers, very healthy plant, grew very quickly.

G

London

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Messy

2

I found this a messy plant in the border and it was very floppy

Hi

Cornwall

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