Anchusa capensis

Anchusa capensis

Common Names

Vergeetmynietjie (afrikaans)
Cape Forget-me-not (english)


Genus Anchusa
Species capensis
SA Plant Number
Basionym Anchusa capensis


Anchusa capensis is a drought hardy annual or bi-annual that grows vigorously, is upright, and has bright green, rough leaves and stems. It has a fairly weedy appearance.

The stems of brilliant blue flowers are borne throughout Spring and Summer and into Autumn. Each little blue flower is beautiful when looked at closely. They have a white feathery centre (these are actually scales that protect the reproductive parts of the flower). A host of pollinating insect species, including butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Plant the Cape Forget-me-not in amongst Namaqualand Daisies, or where it can contrast beautifully with yellow, pink or white flowered plant species. It has been recorded as a useful plant in traditional medicine, as well as a dye being made from the flowers. The leaves are also eaten as as a type of "spinach" by the Sesotho people.

A very easy plant to grow. Plant in full sun, in open ground, where it will seed itself readily. It can get a bit rampant and scraggly after the growing season, so needs cutting back. Plant in well drained soil.

Size: to 50cm



Eaten as a type of spinach by the Sesotho people
A dye can be made from the flowers
Beautiful bright blue flowers excellent addition to flowering meadow garden.


Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and into Namibia and Lesotho

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