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Annual Biennial

Cynoglossum amabile
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Chinese forget-me-not

A bushy annual or biennial with hairy, oval to long grey-green leaves and sprays of light blue, white or pink flowers from early to midsummer or later if sown in late spring. Maximum height 60cm

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Blue White Pink Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Boraginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cynoglossum can be annuals, biennials or perennials, usually short-lived, with roughly hairy, simple, lance-shaped to oblong leaves and cymes of blue, purple pink or white, forget-me-not-like flowers from spring to autumn

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C Nepal to C China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in-situ in spring. Sow early under glass for flowering in the same year

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Bedding
  • Garden edging
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews

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