HISTORY: A native to Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and West Asia, it was first thought to have been introduced to the UK about 1597. It was grown as a fodder crop and is still often grown in the garden. It was first found growing in the wild in Sussex in 1866. 

STATUS: Neophyte.


HABITAT: When this species does establish itself in the wild it is often found on waste ground, disturbed ground

DISTRIBUTION: Declining in the wild, although a garden plant commonly found in the UK it rarely naturalises. Very scattered sites across the entire UK, it is a rare plant to find in the wild. 

SEASON: May-July.

EDIBILITY: 2/5, whilst the flowers are edible and colourful and a nice addition to salads, they have little flavour. Unless grown in the garden it is perhaps too rare to collect from the wild anyway.



OTHER COMMON NAMES: Italian Bugloss.


Garden Anchusa

      Anchusa azurea

meaning blue (Azure)

Cap:  Stem:

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