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Collection Verbascum & Anchusa

Anchusa azurea Loddon Royalist AGM
Bluer than the famous river it is named after in Berkshire, the tall dark stems form spires holding a profusion of large, gentian flowers during June and July. Attractive to bees. Prefers well drained soil in sun. Height 120cm (48”). Spread 45cm (18”). Hardy perennial.

Verbascum Gainsborough AGM
Also know as the 'Candlewick Plant' as the down from the grey green foliage was once used in lamps. Stately spires emerge in summer, with many outward facing pale primrose yellow buds which slowly unfurl to reveal their full beauty over many months in summer. Rosettes of foliage give such good anchorage they resist all but the strongest winds. Slug and rabbit resistant. Prefers poor, dry soil in sun or part shade. Height 150cm (60”). Spread 30cm (12”). Hardy perennial.
Flower Colour
Blue, Yellow

Bees and Butterflies, Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Ideal for Beginners, Pest Resistant, Suitable for Container

Fully hardy perennial


March onwards

Flowering Time

Sun or Partial Shade

30cm (12"), 45cm (18")

1.5m (60"), 120cm (48")

Anchusa and Verbascum collection


Well drained


Full sun or partial shade




Anchusa: June to July. Verbascum: July to August

Additional Information

Anchusa: Can tolerate moist, fertile soils.Resents excessive winter wet. Dead head after the first flush of flowers to encourage a second flush. Propagate by rooting basal cuttIngs in spring or insert root cuttings in winter. Verbascum: Tolerates dry, poor soil. In fertile soil they may grow large and may need staking. Deer, slug and rabbit resistant.

Delivery Date: 15 Mar 2019 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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