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Heartleaf Alkanet

Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata'

Large, heart-shaped green leaves with bold creamy white margins and clusters of little flowers.

A superb specimen perennial, forming a clump of heart-shaped leaves boldly splashed with creamy-white and green. Sprays of bright blue Forget-me-not flowers appear in mid to late spring. This is a choice collector's plant, much in demand, but often in limited supply. Excellent in the woodland garden. Keep out of direct sun, as the white leaf edges will scorch easily. Plants may be divided carefully in early fall, but very small pieces have a tendency to revert to plain green.


Bloom Time:

Blooms mid spring

Mature Height:

12-16 In

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone


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.