Anchusa capensis (Cape Forget-Me-Not) is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae. It is native to South Africa, particularly the Western Cape region, and is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes.
Grown in dry sandy places of South Africa, the plant is one of those which are challenging to get hands on. The soft and hairy blue flower with clumps of bright green leaves possesses the ability to catch everyones’ eyes instantly. Centre of attention for bees and butterflies, the plant is used as salad or decoration with dessert. Anchusa Capanesis can adapt to any environment, but sunlight, especially in the summers, can help it grow smoothly.
The plant typically grows to a height of 30-60 cm (12-24 inches) and has lance-shaped leaves that are hairy and slightly rough to the touch. The flowers are small, trumpet-shaped, and blue in color, and are produced in clusters at the end of long stems. They have a sweet fragrance and bloom in the spring and summer.
Anchusa capensis prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and can be propagated by seed or by dividing the plant in the spring. It is a popular plant for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden.
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Scientific Name: Anchusa Capensis
Common Name: Cape forget me not
Plant Type: Bi/Annual
Native Range: South Africa
Full Growth Height: 30-45 cm
Width in Across: 30 cm
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Autumn
Flower: Edible, Showy
Pollinators: Sun, Wind
Flower Color: Blue/White
Tolerate: Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Dry to Moderate
Soil Type: Sandy/Clay/Loam
Uses: Salad, Additive with dessert