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Alexander's Great Bugloss

Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

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Alexander's Great Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great') at Minor's Garden Center

Alexander's Great Bugloss flowers

Alexander's Great Bugloss flowers

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Plant Height:  14 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Siberian Bugloss

Description:

Large, attractive heart shaped leaves are silver with green veins; pretty blue flowers in spring; makes a nice accent in containers and lightens up shade gardens; avoid hot afternoon sun

Ornamental Features

Alexander's Great Bugloss features airy cymes of blue flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large heart-shaped leaves remain silver in color with distinctive green veins throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Alexander's Great Bugloss is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alexander's Great Bugloss is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Alexander's Great Bugloss will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Alexander's Great Bugloss is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features
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