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A lovely short-loved perennial for sunny well-drained gardens, Italian bugloss has branched stems covered with numerous rich royal blue flowers that will attract bees. It naturally inhabits drier, open areas, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia, where soils are sharply drained and on the poorer side. It self-sows aggressively and has become naturalized across other temperate regions, such as regions of North America, where it is considered an invasive weed.
The fine, linear leaves of this tough perennial are green to gray-green and covered with coarse
hairs. It is very drought tolerant because it produces an exceptionally long tap root that can reach down to moister soil deep in the ground. In early summer it produces branched stems covered with the loveliest blue flowers. These are highly attractive to bees. Once the flowers are spent, the stems look unsightly and should be cut back. This may also encourage a second flush of blooms.
These plants are adapted to dry climates and require little to no supplemental water once established, so they thrive where summers are long and hot. Place in moist, well-drained soils in full sun and avoid excessive winter moisture to prevent the basal plants from rotting. Staking should be considered as this is a tall, bushy ornamental prone to falling over. Italian bugloss is best used as a filler in mixed borders, cottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens. There are several cultivars of note, including the compact 'Feltham Blue' and 'Little John.'
8 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
2'-2' / 0.6m - 0.6m
Early Summer, Summer
Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
Blue, Blue Violet
Green, Gray Green
Green, Gray Green, Dark Green
Bedding Plant, Mixed Border
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