Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel'

Alkanet, Dwarf

Usually treated as an annual, this plant produces flowers of rich gentian blue for most of the summer. Plants are upright and narrow, ideal for tucking into mixed containers or massing towards the front of a sunny border. Tolerates hot sites with poor or dry soil. Good deer resistance. Sometimes called Summer Forget-me-Not. Plants may self seed and come back again next year.

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8-12 in


8-12 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Alkanet, Dwarf Growing and Maintenance Tips

This plant will deliver its best performance when grown in lean, well-drained soil on the dry side and full sun. Good drainage is essential, especially in winter. When grown in rich, moist soil, the plants may be lanky and invasiveWhen it is finished blooming, cut this plant back hard (to the ground). This will encourage rebloom, but even more importantly it helps to form a stronger basal rosette of foliage which is key to overwintering. Do not mulch.  Wear gloves when handling this plant, as it may cause skin irritation.

Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Container
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edging
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average