Anchusa capensis Thunb.

Frost hardy, erect biennial, often grown as an annual, with small, very bright blue flowers, resembling ‘Forget-me-not’, in summer.  To 18cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Our drawing of this rare plant was made at George Hibbert’s, Esq. Clapham-Common, several years ago; into whose collection it was brought from the Cape of Good-Hope by Mr. Niven, his collector, about the year 1800.  Being biennial, and propagated by seeds only, it is very doubtful if it still exists in the country.  As we have no other knowledge of Thunberg’s Plant, than the very short specific character in his Prodromus, and our specimens did not correspond altogether with that, inasmuch as the racemes were not trichotomous, it is very uncertain whether our plant be the same species as his; it is certainly however the same as the one meant by Mr. Aiton in the Hortus Kewensis, and as that figured by Mr. Andrew’s in the Botanist’s Repository.  As in Anchusa angustifolia the calyx is divided only half way down, but the laciniae are more obtuse and shorter than in that; and the whole plant is much less spreading.  Flowers in June and July.  Propagated by seeds.   [BM t.1822/1816].  ABR pl.336/1803.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.7/1843].


Published Feb 02, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 02:08 PM

The image shows a flowering spike with small blue, pink-tinged flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1822, 1816.

Anchusa capensis Thunb. | BM t.1822/1816 | BHL

More details about Anchusa capensis Thunb.
Family Boraginaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

Common Name

Cape forget-me-not

Name in the Camden Park Record

Anchusa capensis 

Confidence level high