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Siberian Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Anchusa myosotidiflora
Description

Brunnera macrophylla, or Siberian bugloss, is a herbaceous perennial that forms clumps and spreads by creeping rhizomes making it an excellent ground cover for shady areas. In addition to its spreading habit, it displays heart-shaped, dark green, foliage and small, forget-me-not-like flowers of light blue with yellow centers. The flowers bloom in the spring on stems that rise 18 inches tall, above the foliage, which results in a dense thicket of foliage supporting flower stalks holding the flower above. The mound of showy, variegated foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season. 

The plant grows well in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade, preferring consistently moist, organically rich soil. While it does not tolerate dry soils, it will forgive some dryness. Plants prefer cool summers and foliage may scorch in the hot sun and humid summer conditions of USDA Zones 7-9. Plants may self seed, but seedlings of this variegated form can lose that variegation.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#partial shade#variegated#blue#container plant#blue flowers#showy leaves#variegated foliage#variegated leaves#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#mass planting#pond margins#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#woodland#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#partial shade#variegated#blue#container plant#blue flowers#showy leaves#variegated foliage#variegated leaves#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#mass planting#pond margins#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#woodland#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Brunnera
    Species:
    macrophylla
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Mediteranean, Turkey to Caucasus
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    rabbit; generally no disease or insect pests problems
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Small flowers bloom blue petals in spring (April to May). While the petals are blue, the center of the flowers is yellow. Blooms rise above the foliage on 18 inch stems.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Heart-shaped, dark green, basal foliage. Basal leaves form a mound which remains attractive throughout the growing season.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests
    Rabbits