Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

SKU: S24902
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Common Name: Siberian Bugloss; Heartleaf Bugloss
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Mature Height: 14" Spacing: 24"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great' is an impressive variety discovered in Belarus. It sports the characteristic silvery foliage of other Brunneras but on plants that form a broader mound. An exciting addition for shady borders and woodland gardens. PP 25,789

Brunnera is most at home in woodlands or along a shady stream bed, where it will form a lush understory of quiet beauty. One of its common names, False Forget-me-not, refers to the intense azure flowers.

For more information on growing Brunnera, click on Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (7 Reviews) Write a Review

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Just wait for it....

I had little hope when I stuck this wimpy, tiny leaf (brown around the edges) into the ground last November. Imagine my surprise when this GORGEOUS HUGE plant grew up in the spring. I am absolutely in awe. Walkers stop to chat about the striking brunnera. I just love it.

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A bright gem in the shade...

I’ve purchased a couple of different types of brunnera from WFF over the years, but this one is by far my favorite. Its hardy bright foliage provides an eye-catching contrast to dark cimicifuga. It has thrived in poor clay soil and even survives trampling by our dog.

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Brunnera Alexander the Great

I wrote a negative view upon receipt last spring, however, my review has changed. The plants produced beautiful foliage all summer and into the fall. This spring, they have spread and were covered with blue flowerettes. These look beautiful in front of pink bleeding hearts. I love them.

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Great Experience

I came here recently to order 5 more of these because I am so happy with them. And was therefore surprised to see negative reviews. My experience (in zip 17821) has been great - and I have little to no gardening experience. First of all they are beautiful. All summer long - because the foliage is beautiful and doesn't die back until late in the season. And they don't require any care (which I would be too lazy to provide). For their first summer I did make sure they never got too thirsty They even survive the winter without any protection (although mine are planted under a white pine tree where I suppose they are somewhat sheltered). I think I currently have five and all five have thrived.

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Just planted the very small poorly rooted plant I was shipped, which arrived with no instruction. Not able to a access link on how to grow on your website

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Latin Name Pronunciation: brun'er-ruh   

Heart-shaped, softly hairy leaves beautifully set off sprays of sparkling blue Forget-me-not flowers in spring. This shade lover makes a well-behaved but effective ground cover in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Brunnera is most at home in woodlands or along a shady streambed, where it will form a lush under story of quiet beauty.

Light/Watering: Prefers partial shade or shade; tolerates dry shade but needs moisture in sunny conditions. Variegated forms require moist soil and will scorch in sun.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Grow in well-drained soil that is moderately fertile and humus-rich. We do not recommend fertilizing at planting time or during the first growing season.

Pests/Diseases: Tough and relatively trouble-free.

Companions: Daffodils and other woodland plants.

Dividing/Transplanting: Divide in spring; plant crown at soil level.

End-of-Season Care: Keep old foliage over winter to protect crowns. After the ground freezes, apply a loose layer of oak leaves, pine boughs, or straw.


Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Gradually remove winter cover. Cut back old foliage; large clumps may be divided.

Summer: Remove any green foliage that appears on variegated forms.

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