Plant Profile Brunnera


  • Common Name: Brunnera
  • Exposure: Part-full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 3 & 4, -30 & -40 degrees
  • Mature size: 12-15” x 12-28”
  • Bloom Time: Mid – late spring

Brunnera macrophylla is indispensable in the  shade garden. They flourish in moist organically rich or dry soil, so can be planted under thirsty trees. The heart-shaped foliage illuminates any woodland location with its silvery highlights or bright white margins. Forget-me-not-like, true blue flowers are produced in sprays, before the foliage enlarges in early May. The blooms may just take your breath away. Both the leaves and the flowers are spectacular in a vase.

Because Brunnera is so hardy; to at least -30 degrees, it is an excellent choice for a year round container.

Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’ is just like B. ‘Jack Frost’ only much larger!

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ is heavily frosted with silver making a great contrast with the dark green venation.

Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ has almost completely silver foliage.

Brunnera ‘Variegata’ is magnificent with wide, bright white margins. Any of these Brunnera will not disappoint!

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