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Alkanet,
Siberian Bugloss,
False Forget-Me-Not, Heartleaf Brunnera

Brunnera


Description:

Their leaves continue to grow with age!  This plant self sows easily, and the resulting seedlings have deep roots.  Plant prefers cool summers and  protection from wind. 



Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 

Common Name: Alkanet, False Forget-Me-Not
Botanical Name: Brunnera macrophylla
Type: Self Sowing Perennial
Soil Preference: This plant will tolerate drought and will grow in moist to wet soils but prefers a well-drained, loamy or sandy soil.  Prefers a pH of neutral.
Light Requirements: Part Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade
Attributes: Good for naturalizing.
Pests: Slugs, Snails, Aphids, Mites
Diseases: None serious
Good Companion Plants: Astilbe, Barrenwort, Bergenia, Bleeding Heart, Coral Bells, Japanese Painted Fern, Foamflower, Carex, Hosta, Jacob's Ladder, Lamium, Lungwort, Solomon's Seal
Care: Dead-head spent blooms.  Cut back to basal foliage in the spring and fall.  Propagation is from cuttings, division and seeds.  Best propagation time is fall or spring.  Propagation is from division or seeds.   Fertilize with Plant-tone or Miracle Gro.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
To view our catalog or availability, click here

 


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Brunnera macrophylla
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-8
 
Description:  It has plenty of small flowers of the purest blue over a long season.  It begins in mid-spring and continues into July, all the while displaying large, heart-shaped leaves.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-18"
Spread: 18"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 4-8
 
Description: This GIGANTIC Brunnera is heavily silvered, making a dramatic statement in the landscape or use as a dynamic specimen in a container. Compared to 'Jack Frost', 'Alexander's Great' has much larger leaves and a bigger plant size.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: April-May
Foliage Color: Silver
Height: 14"
Spread: 30"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Light green leaves with irregular creamy yellow variegation.  This variety is slightly tolerant of drier conditions.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Variegated green & yellow
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 15-18"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-7
 
Description:  Frosty silver leaves with strong dark green veins and clearly defined margins. This will brighten up the shade all season long.  Blooms in early spring with lots of tiny clusters of blue flowers.  Very cold hardy!
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Variegated Silver/white w/green
Height: 12"
Spread: 12-15"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Kings Ransom'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-7
 
Description:  Kings Ransom displays a wide, creamy yellow margin and light cream frosting over the remainder of the silver leaves.  After the dainty blue forget-me-not type flowers are produced in spring, the margins lighten to creamy white.  Is a bit smaller than Jack Frost, making it perfect for combination planters.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Variegated
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 12-15"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Langtrees'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Subtle white silvery markings on textured heart-shaped leaves.  Tiny blue flowers.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15"
Spread: 15"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A silver jewel for the shade!  Looking Glass sports leaves with an all-over silver coloring.  The solid silver is developed as the leaves age by early summer.  These leaves also tend to curl under, adding softness.  Spring brings tiny, forget-me-not type flowers of blue.  A sport of 'Jack Frost'.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Silver & green
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12-15"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Sea Heart'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-8
 
Description:  An improved 'Jack Frost' with larger heart-shaped leaves with more pronounced variegation. Foliage has greater substance and is more heat tolerant. Panicles of delicate sky-blue flowers provide added color in spring.
Bloom Color: Sky Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Variegated
Height: 14-16"
Spread: 12-24"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Similar to 'Looking Glass' with almost solid silver foliage and narrow green veins. Plants are a bit more vigorous and exhibit greater heat tolerance during the summer. Panicles of sky-blue flowers bloom early spring.
Bloom Color: Sky Blue
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Variegated
Height: 14-16"
Spread: 12-24"


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Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata'
False Forget-Me-Not, Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss

zones 4-8
 
Description:  Green leaves boldly variegated with a creamy-white color.   Needs shade and good moisture as the leaf margins will scorch easily if it gets too much sun.  A must have plant - large areas of white variegation will light up a shady nook.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: White & Green Variegation
Height: 12"
Spread: 12"
 

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