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Anagallis monellii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Annual/Biennial

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

blue pimpernel

Family

Primulaceae


Anagallis can be annuals or evergreen perennials of creeping habit, with small leaves and solitary, 5-petalled, saucer-shaped flowers

A. monellii is a low-growing perennial with trailing stems bearing dark green ovate leaves, and deep blue, bowl-shaped flowers from early summer to autumn. Often grown as an annual

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free