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Thursday, 2 November 2017


Brunnera is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae. They are rhizomatous perennials, native to the woodlands of Eastern Europe and North West Asia. They have hairy leaves and sprays of blue flowers in spring. Numerous cultivars are available, which are valued as groundcover in dappled shade. Some possess variegated foliage, such as the  ‘Silver Heart’ hybrid shown here.

The best known species is Brunnera macrophylla, known as Siberian bugloss. It thrives in shade but also likes morning sunshine as long as it is in consistently moist, rich, organic soil. It does not tolerate dry conditions. It is often used in woodland gardens along streams of ponds and in naturalised areas as a specimen plant or clumped together as a border. Clumps slowly spread by both creeping rhizomes to form thick ground covers.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Heart’ (USDA Zone: 4-9) is a superb introduction, forming a clump of very thick, heart-shaped leaves that are silver with green edging and veining. Sprays of deep blue Forget-me-not flowers appear in spring. This is a choice collector’s plant, but an easy-to-grow perennial that performs well in all but the driest of shady conditions. Excellent for the woodland garden. Provided there is sufficient moisture, plants can tolerate full sun; as the leaves are so thick, little or no scorching occurs. Bred by Spitsbergen-Willemsen of the Netherlands. USPP#24685: Unlicensed propagation prohibited.

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  1. Hello Nick,
    a very nice photo. I also have Brunnera in my garden. This one in Germany we call 'Brunnera Jack Frost'. I like it so much. Have a good day.

  2. I know these leaves, but never knew this plant would have such cute blue flowers:) Thanks for hosting!

  3. Today I feel in blue - with your sweetlittle flowers, dear Nick. Have a nice weekend! Cheers, Nicole

  4. Hello Nick,
    WOW, what wonderful blue blossoms.
    Have a nice weekend,
    greetings moni

  5. Ooh, I love, love, love this plant! And we can grow it in Wisconsin too!

  6. Nick, what a dynamic plant. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a colour! Groetjes Hetty