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Brunnera macrophylla


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

One of the most attractive and useful spring-flowering perennials, producing a dense ground-covering layer of foliage early, so helping smother weeds. The leaves, up to 15cm (6in) across, are roughly kidney-shaped and provide an attractive foil for the sprays of starry pale blue forget-me-not flowers that appear shortly after the leaves cover the ground. Flowering continues for 8-10 weeks in late spring and early summer, and if plants are cut down, shortly afterwards a new flush of fresh green foliage and occasional late flowers appears, rejuvenating the appearance of plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Brunnera

Species: macrophylla

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: April to May

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