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Heart-leaf brunnera

Brunnera macrophylla selections

Heart-leaf brunnera

In spring, a cloud of tiny blue flowers hovers above brunnera's mound of fuzzy heart-shape leaves. The plant prefers partial shade but can grow in full sun in cool climates provided it receives adequate moisture. Variegated forms need more shade; in full sun they're likely to scorch. It is sometimes called Siberian bugloss.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
12-18 inches tall
Plant Width:
18-24 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Cut Flowers,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' offers 3- to 5-inch-wide silver leaves with narrow green edges and veins. It is more heat tolerant than other heart-leaf brunneras. Zones 3-8
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' is silver all over with leaves that cup downward. The silver foliage makes its blue flowers stand out. Zones 3-8
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata' develops bold splashes of white edging on its leaves, which make its forget-me-not blue flowers appear to float on clouds. Zones 3-8
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Plant It With
Bleeding heart

Old-fashioned bleeding heart blooms at the same time as heart-leaf brunnera. The shape of its flowers makes an obvious connection to the leaf shape of brunnera.


Primroses appreciate partial shade and moist soil, just like brunnera. Choose bright yellow or orange varieties to make the blue of brunnera flowers pop. Or for a more subtle effect, team pink or lavender primroses with silver variegated brunnera.