• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, slowly spreading 12 to 15 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BROO-ner-uh mak-roh-FIL-uh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, slowly spreading 12 to 15 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasA delicate beauty for shaded spaces beneath tree groves and copses. Bright filler for shaded exposures in foundation planting. Solves problems by covering weed producing ground beneath large shrubs that have lost their skirt foliage. Particularly lovely in speckled shade beneath white lattice arbors and structures. Casual appearance resembles wildflowers in wild gardens and casual habitat plantings.
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in cool sites with humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    An Old World perennial that falls into the Boraginaceae with many well known herbs. This species is native to the Caucasus and western Siberia. The genus was classified by the Russian botanist, Christian von Steven and named for a Swiss botanist. Species was given by the Arnold Arboretum's Ivan Murray Johnson.
    Lore:
    Brunnera is so like traditional forget-me-not that it once shared the same genus, Myosotis. It has jumped continents to naturalize in some parts of North America.

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