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Heartleaf Alkanet

Brunnera macrophylla 'Blue'

Large, heart-shaped leaves with clusters of little flowers.

These cousins to the Forget-me-nots are little-known, yet delightful for their bright display of sky-blue flowers in spring, and reliable clumps of large heart-shaped leaves all season. Plants are happy in any shady area that stays relatively moist. Often will self-seed and appear around the garden in other places. Makes for an attractive and versatile groundcover, particularly under shrubs. Clumps may be easily divided in early fall.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms mid spring

Mature Height:

12-18 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Shade,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 55-65° F in evenly moist soil, not overly wet and never dry. Provide 35% shade to avoid leaf burn. Once actively growing feed at 50 ppm N with each watering. Plants will generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in professional potting soil so crown is at or just above the soil surface spreading roots within the pot. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Brunnera is a woodland plant that should be grown in full shade and consistently moist soil in southern regions. In the north, morning sun is acceptable as long as the soil remains moist. They will grow the fastest and strongest in rich soil.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.