Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anchusa sp. (top) and Anthemis sp....more plants from Azerbaijan

I like the hairy rosette with the twisted sculptural leaves, but Stefan says that this Anchusa species produces, serially, rich cobalt blue flowers. Sounds good. Anchusa is in the Boraginaceae, a family noted for hairy leaves, wonderful blue flowers, and scorpioid cymes. I just like saying that: scorpioid cymes, and its an interesting "uncoiling" inflorescence.

Anthemis is a fairly large genus in the Daisy family and most look generally similar. The ferny leaves and prostrate growth are typical. If it proves not to be too weedy this could be a nice low perennial for textural effect. The flowers will likely be white, and pleasant if not exciting.

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