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Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)

Siberian Bugloss, Hearleaf Brunnera, False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera Macrophylla)


Resembling Forget-Me-Nots, Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with large, ovate or heart-shaped basal leaves and pretty sprays of small bright blue flowers in spring. Although their clouds of bright blue flowers add cool and striking color to the landscape, Brunneras are mostly valued for their beautiful foliage which creates a lush carpet of deep green or variegated leaves.

  • Beginning in early to mid - spring, sprays of dainty flowers unfurl above the plant for weeks and can last through early summer.
  • The flowers are followed by large, heart-shaped, long stalked leaves, which reach their full size only after the flowers have faded. The bold and luminous foliage has a rough, hairy texture and can reach up to 6 in. across (15 cm). Evergreen in warm areas, the dense foliage remains attractive during the whole growing season. Commonly deep green, there is a bevy of new varieties that have incredibly colorful foliage. The leaves can display silver markings or frostings or be variegated. 
  • Short in stature, Brunneras slowly spread by creeping rhizomes and form tidy clumps, up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). They are often used in masses or as billowy ground covers.
  • Part shade to full shade lovers, Brunneras thrive in organically rich, moist and well-drained soils. Dry soils to be avoided!
  • Brunneras are fairly resilient to most pests and diseases, deer and rabbit resistant and are easy to care for.
  • Low-maintenance plants, they may be used as specimen plants or massed as a ground cover. Wonderful additions to beds and borders, woodland gardens, naturalized areas or along streams and ponds.
  • Deadhead after flowering if self-seeding is not desired.
  • Pruning is essential for good looks and health. Promptly remove unsightly foliage, whether damaged from sun, drought, or pests.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Brunnera - Siberian Bugloss
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

Pictures courtesy of patrick_standish

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Brunnera - Siberian Bugloss
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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