[gardeners] Blue flowers

penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 28 Jul 2001 21:35:50 -0400

Bargyla, my friend in New Zealand has some suggestions for a
true blue flower:

Hi Penny
There was a long discussion on the Organic list only a few weeks ago 
on just this subject - a true-blue perennial for California, but I gather
the climate is a considerble problem. I fear I didn't closely follow it,
as my climate is so different, but I remember  suggestions like Chinese
Forgetmenot (Cynoglossum) and Borage. Unfortunately, though they
self-seed freely neither is perennial. 

I think it possible the perennial Anchusa azurea, which hales from Italy
should suit the climate, though I don't temember it being mentioned. It
apparently has several varieties and 'Opal" it seems is a bright blue,
(though Lodden Royalist the only form which I  have seen is dark and
rather purplish).

Another menber of the Borage family which might grow there provided 
it got some shade is Brunnera, which also has good blue flowers.

Unfortunately the glorous blue gentians of Europe are totally
unsuitable, as they only seem to flourish in cool and preferably misty
climates like Scotland. Even my summer climate is too hot to suit them
and they just gradually fade away.

Definitely no easy answer!


sent by Penny, NY

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