Anchusa italica (formerly Anchusa azurea)

 

 

 

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Anchusa italica in a ploughed field

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Anchusa italica. Note the hairy stems

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Anchusa italica - Flower

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Anchusa italica

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Anchusa italica - Detail

Anchusa italica - detail   - click to enlarge

Anchusa italica - Detail

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Anchusa italica budding

Anchusa italica (formerly known as Anchusa azurea) belongs to the Boraginacea family. The tallest of the anchusae (sometimes over a metre), it has a densely hairy stem, deep blue flowers and is common on road sides and abandoned fields up to an altitude of 1000m. It flowers between March and June.

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