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|I think it is more common to see the blue species of the plant and that white is a little bit rarer. Caught this one amongst a bed of blue lupins on a beautiful spring day last year.|
The genus Anchusa L. belongs to the tribe Boragineae of the borage family (Boraginaceae). It includes about 40 species.
These species grow in Europe, North Africa, South Africa en Western Asia. They are introduced into the USA.
They consist of annual plants, biennial plants and perennial plants with the general characteristics of the borage family. They are generally herbs, covered with bristly hairs. The leaves are simple or undulate, covered with stiff hairs.
The small radially symmetrical flowers are sapphire blue and retain their color a long time. The plants show numerous flowers with 5 sepals, united at their bases, and 5 petals forming a narrow tube facing upwards. The flowers grow in several axillary cymes, simple or branched, or are clustered at the end. The flowers are much frequented by bees.
The roots of Anchusa (just like those of Alkanna and Lithospermum) contain anchusin (or alkanet-red ), a red-brown resinoid coloring matter. It is insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol, chloroform and ether.
Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.
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- [2009-05-26 11:35]
Superb close-up and great reproduction of all charming features of this beautiful plant. I am impressed with fantastic details and sharpness, sweet colours of the shot and stunning colourful smooth BG. Bravo. Well done.