Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)

Brunnera with patterned leaves | © zgurski1980 - stock.adobe.com
Brunnera with patterned leaves | © zgurski1980 – stock.adobe.com

Zones: 3 to 8
Light: Part Shade to Shade
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 12″ to 15″
Spread: 12″ to 24″

Brunnera macrophyla is a low-growing perennial that has pretty blue blooms in the spring, and also has beautiful foliage.

The silver colored leaves really stand out in the shade garden!

If it is kept consistently moist, it rewards with a lovely mounded plant that fairly glows in the shaded environment.

Leave the foliage to protect the crown over winter and trim it back in the spring.

These plants prefer cooler summers, and generally will not perform well in the hot and humid summer conditions of the South.

Brunnera Macrophyla 'Jack Frost'
Brunnera macrophyla ‘Jack Frost’

One of my favorite varieties is ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera which has gorgeous large, variegated, silver heart-shaped leaves, and sports dainty blue flowers in the spring.

2 Responses

  • I have this plant in Vancouver BC for several years. (zones 7 – 9) It has self-generated to three different places, and distant from the original plants, over the years. Maybe neglect is good. 🙂

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