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Anchusas make brilliant late spring-summer border plants. The flowers are good for cutting and they're edible, ideal for decorating ice cubes or salads.

Genus Anchusa
Group/Species azurea
Variety Loddon Royalist
Type Perennial
Common Name Alkanet
Border Position Border (Middle)
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant in reasonably fertile soil that is well-drained in full sun. To aid quick establishment, sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow) into the base of the planting hole and water well after planting. Displays are much more effective when planted in groups of 3 or more to give an established look.
Care Tips Deadhead to encourage further blooms, otherwise leave alone to establish. It's natural habitat is on hillsides and field edges.
Flowering May - June
Cooking Notes The flowers are edible.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Edible Flowers

The best edible flowers to grow all year round - with growing and harvesting tips.

How to freeze flowers

I like freezing the small edible flowers – anchusas, borage, pansies and violas – in ice or olive oil cubes. 


Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

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Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Mark

No growth and plant appears to have died

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Evelyn

Lots of foliage but, as yet, no blooms; the bees and I await arrival!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christopher

Not like the product I purchased three years ago. Very tall stalk flower head which looks very strange as it does not look balanced. So very disappointed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Deborah

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diane

I have always been pleased with the high standards of the plants,packaging and customer service. I have only had to complain once about one of my orders and I was pleased with how the problem was dealt with . I am looking forward to placing more orders in the near future.Diane

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Paul

Plants have grown and flowered well, they could do with strong supports in early as they flop easily.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Dorothy

Lovely. Bought this for a new shady bed and it has bulked up beautifully. A vibrant blue amongst mostly white flowering plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathryn

Bit disappointing but think it’s my fault as they have had a very wet summer and windy. Very leafy - no flowers

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Janet

Very pleased with everything. Never give 5 stars, believe there’s always room for more!

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Mr McCullough

I believe they were ok as were a gift

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Geraldine

Died after planting although I followed instructions

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sue

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Gill

Arrived looking in very good condition but unfortunately didn’t thrive for long in my garden.
Would just like to add that one out of three dahlias that I ordered failed to appear and I discovered that it had rotted. I telephoned and a lovely lady couldn’t apologise enough and my account was credited. Excellent service. There are bound to be failures by the very nature of the business!

Hardy perennial

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Reviewed 9th July 2018 by Avis Humphries

Bought this plant last year but despite it being hardy did not come back this year. I know it was a harsh winter but it was in a fairly protected walled border.

Anchusa azurea

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Reviewed 3rd May 2018 by Alma

The two stars is because I had a packet of seeds on two separate occasions and didn't get a single plant from either of the packets!
This year, I bought three 9cm plants that look very healthy. They arrived this morning and I planted them this afternoon...... just waiting to see if I finally get the fantastic blue I wanted for my clay border.
All in all, an expensive and (about two years) very long wait!
Here's hoping!

Most glorious colour

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Reviewed 3rd October 2016 by Pauline Oakley

I added this plant to my border this spring and wow! What an amazing hit of colour it is. It flowered for ages and has subsequently spread a lot, so am looking forward to a bigger display next year. So pleased I shall be ordering some more for another part of garden.