True blues are hard to come by, but this is one of them, related to forget-me-nots and borage, makes a good substitute for floppier delphiniums; don't mulch the crown to prevent rotting, dead-head for re-blooming in summer.
Loddon Royalist Anchusa is bathed in stunning cymes of blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's tomentose narrow leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Loddon Royalist Anchusa is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.
Loddon Royalist Anchusa will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This perennial should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by cuttings.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 18 inches
Sunlight: full sun
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Blue Bugloss, Alkanet,
Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
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