Brunnera Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

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Siberian Bugloss, and Heartleaf: Cultivation & Garden Use

Members of the Brunnera genus are hardy perennials that flower in the late spring with forget-me-not like flowers of blue or white

They have green heart shaped leaves.

They are commonly referred to as Siberian Bugloss, and because of their flowers as Siberian forget-me-not and forget-me-not anchusa; their leaves give them the other common name of Heartleaf.

They make ideal contrasting plants for shady parts of the garden.

Visit this page for information on how to grow Brunnera macrophylla.

Siberian bugloss

Brunnera Photograph by Brewbooks.

Brunnera Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Siberian bugloss, Forget me not anchusa, Siberian forget-me-not
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm).
Native: Eurasia.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 8.
Flowers: Late spring through to early summer.
Flower Details: Blue, white. Forget-me-not-like.
Fruit: Small red berries. Summer through autumn.
Foliage: Often grown for it’s attractive foliage. Heart-shaped. Variegated. Green.
Sow Outside: Cover seed. Late summer or early autumn. Spacing 10 to 20 inches (20 to 40 cm).
Sow Inside: Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for four weeks. Germination time: one to three months. Temperature 60°F (16°C). Sow out stratified Brunnera seeds ten weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors following the last frost or in autumn.
Requirements: Full sunlight or partial shade. Grows in most soils; for best results: Soil pH 5.5 to 7.0, rich soil, moist soil. Regular watering to ensure soil is moist. Regular watering during dry periods. As Brunnera are short lived perennials it is necessary to divide plants in autumn in cool areas, or at the start of spring in warm areas. Propagate: As above.

How to Grow Brunnera species such as Siberian Bugloss

If planning to grow Brunnera outdoors from the off it is best to sow out the seed in the early autumn, simply cover the seeds.

When growing Siberian Bugloss like species indoors first before transplanting seedlings then seeds should be prepared by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black bag, then placing in the fridge for four weeks.

Brunnera Seeds should then be sown out at a temperature of 13 to 15 Celsius; they normally take between one and three months to germinate.

Seedlings should be transplanted following the last frost of spring or in the autumn.

For there final location, the seedlings should be planted with a spacing of about 35 cm into a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden. This should have a moist soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.

The plants do not live long and should be divided when they are beginning to show signs that their life is coming to an end.

Common Questions

How many members does the Brunnera genus have?

The Brunnera genus includes approximately 3 species.

Do members of Brunnera make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Brunnera plants, particularly Brunnera macrophylla, are great for gardens due to their attractive, heart-shaped foliage and blue flowers.

Which Brunnera species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) is the species most commonly grown in gardens.

Are members of the Brunnera plant genus fragrant?

No, Brunnera plants are not known for fragrance, but they are loved for their foliage and flowers.

What is the perfect location to grow Brunnera?

Brunnera performs best in partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soils.

Is Brunnera invasive in the USA?

Currently, Brunnera is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Brunnera plants from my garden?

To remove Brunnera, dig out the plant ensuring you remove the entire root system to prevent regrowth.


Brunnera is a small genus within the Boraginaceae family, native to Eastern Europe and North West Asia. Also known as Siberian bugloss, this shade-loving plant is prized for its attractive foliage and clusters of small, blue, forget-me-not-like flowers.

For successful growth, plant Brunnera in early spring or fall in moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. They prefer cooler climates and benefit from a layer of mulch to keep roots cool and moist. Although resilient, they require consistent watering, particularly in drier climates or during hot spells.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Brunnera. You may also enjoy this following species specic growing guide: Brunnera macrophylla, and these related plants Onosma, Echium, and Heliotropium plants.