Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Anchusa azurea (Large blue alkanet) is a bristly perennial which reaches just over half a meter in height and the tallest of the anchusae. It is a beautiful plant with a densely branching, hairy stem. The leaves are lanceolate and entire; the lower leaves are large and stalked, the upper leaves are smaller and stalkless. The calyx has pointed tips and the flowers are blue or violet in colour, of a light shade in the centre and arranged in groups at the ends of the stems. It is very common in Crete on roadsides and in abandoned fields. In Crete it is called agoglossos (Greek: αγόγλωσσος) and the locals eat the tender stems boiled, steamed or fried.
Image: Agios Ioanis (Crete) - 07/04/2010
© Johan Dierckx
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