Growing Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss; Heartleaf Bugloss)

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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