Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms.
A woodland plant that should be grown in full shade and consistently moist, rich soils. Little care is needed once Brunnera is established. Cut back the old foliage in the spring rather than in the fall; it will help to protect the crown during the winter. A winter mulch is also recommended.
Clumps slowly spread by creeping rhizomes and self-seeding to form thick ground covers.
Common name of bugloss means ox tongue in Greek, and refers to the roughness and shape of the leaves. One of the few deer resistant shade plants, Brunnera have a unique leaf texture that is often left alone by browsing animals.
Height: 1-1.5 ft.
Spread: 1.5-2 ft.
Bloom time: April to May
Sun: part shade
photo credit: CBaile19