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An Old World plant of the borage family, which is widely cultivated for its bright, typically blue, flowers.
- ‘Anyone who's ever killed single-bloodroot seedlings by prying them out of a gravel driveway or murdered baby anchusas by hooking them out of cracks in concrete will understand why there's much to be said for an organized approach to seed-saving.’
- ‘These consist of pieces of root about 5cm in length taken from plants with fleshy roots, such as anchusas, oriental poppies, gypsophilas, verbascums, romneyas, seakale and horse-radish.’
- ‘Thus there are certain plants, by no means without ornamental value - moon and ox-eye daisies, anchusas, Japanese anemones, even Michaelmas daisies - which are apt to become a nuisance.’
- ‘South African relatives of viper's bugloss, anchusas bring much needed blue color to summer borders.’
- ‘I like these for the bees, but for a strong, true blue, consider one of the anchusas.’
Via Latin from Greek ankhousa.
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