All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Sun
Soil Type: Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type: Well-Drained
Colour: Blue

An excellent late-spring, early summer plant with deep, rich blue flowers. They're edible, good for cutting and the individual flowers look amazing frozen in ice cubes and added to your G&T!

Bristly green leaves and blue flowers from late spring, well into summer. Fully hardy as far as we can tell. It certainly came through the 'Beast from the East' in 2018.

An excellent border perennial. The clear, bright blue flowers really stand out. Fairly drought resistant.

Anchusa azurea was brought from the Caucasus in 1810 and quickly adopted by the regency gardeners. The Victorians and Edwardians bred and refined the species into various garden varieties and Anchusa has been popular with gardeners and bees and butterflies ever since.

'Anchusa' is derived from the Greek anchousa, meaning 'paint', as a red dye can be prepared from the roots.

Height: 80cm

Common name(s): Alkanet, Bugloss, Dyer's Bugloss, Orchanet, Spanish Bugloss

Myth and Legend:

In magic the plant may be burnt in order to drive off all negativity from an area, or to attract prosperity to those living in the area.

Dioscorides recommends the use of alkanet for the treatment of snakebites. He adds that if the root of the plant is chewed, and spittle directed into the snake's mouth, it will immediately be killed. 


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.