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I don't know why it took me so many years to try the Mediterranean Anchusa azurea but, now that I've grown it, I'm truly smitten. This amazing borage family member makes a basal rosette of dark green foliage that looks quite like its relative pulmonaria. In spring, however, the upright flower stalks erupt from the basal foliage and top out at 3' tall in late spring with clusters of dark, cobalt blue flowers. This bee and butterfly favorite is simply amazing. The deer-resistant Anchusa azurea has no tolerance for moist soils in winter, so well-drained sites are key for success. In dry Mediterranean climates like the Pacific Northwest/Great Basin regions, Anchusa azurea may reseed too well, so be wary in those areas. Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' was named as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years by the Royal Horticultural Society...quite an honor.
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