Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
bugloss 'Loddon Royalist'
'Loddon Royalist' is an herbaceous perennial with coarsely hairy, lance-shaped, mostly basal leaves. Intense deep blue flowers 15mm across are borne on erect, branching stems
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or South–facing or North–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
Anchusa can be erect or spreading perennials, biennials or annuals with hairy or bristly foliage and cymes of tubular or salver-shaped, usually blue flowers
- Name status
How to grow
Grows in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, although it can also tolerate partial shade. It thrives in moist soils but dislikes winter wet.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Wildlife gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. Cut back top growth after flowering to encourage a rosette of foliage
May be susceptible to leaf-mining flies
May be infected by powdery mildews
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