Anchusa azurea var. azurea
Italian bugloss
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Anchusa azurea var. azurea
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a taproot, spreading stiff-hairy; stems mostly single, 0.4-1.5 m tall.
Basal leaves stalked, oblanceolate; stem leaves unstalked, lanceolate or narrowly egg-shaped to oblong, to 30 cm long and 8 cm wide, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence a terminal cluster; petals blue, fused into a tube 10-12 mm long that spreads (12-25 mm wide) at the top to 5 peg-shaped lobes, throat closed by 5 white, frilly bulges; calyx lobes 5, linear, white-bristly.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, erect, asymmetric, 5-9 mm tall, 3-5 mm thick, irregularly ridged, concave and with thickened rim at the base.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry waste places, forest edges and shrubby banks in the lowland zone; rare on Vancouver Island, known only from Malahat area; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia