One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World plant of the borage family, which is widely cultivated for its bright, typically blue, flowers.
Genus Anchusa, family Boraginaceae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Via Latin from Greek ankhousa.
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