Common Name: Heartleaf Brunnera, Siberian Bugloss Brunnera M.Looking Glass

Height: 12.0-15.0 Inches

Spread: 12.0-15.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Flower Color: Blue shades

Foliage Color: Silver/grey shades

Sunlight: Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun) or Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs or Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) or Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)

Bloomtime: Mid Spring or Late Spring

Attracts Wings: Bee Friendly

Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Patio Container, Eclectic, Rock Garden, Woodland Shade

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Mass Planting, Specimen, Focal Point

Origin: Not Native to North America

 

Silver jewels for the shade! Standing an impressive 12-15 inches tall, 'Looking Glass' displays leaves with an all-over sterling silver patina. This solid silver coating is developed as the large, heart-shaped leaves age, by early summer. The leaves tend to curl under, adding a softness to its mounded form. Springtime brings clusters of tiny, Wedgewood blue, forget-me-not type flowers which naturally float above the young foliage that is silver with green veins (much like 'Jack Frost' PP13859). This is a sport of 'Jack Frost' PP13859.

Tip for southern growers and gardeners: 'Jack Frost' tolerates heat much better than the older brunnera cultivars.

Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic groundcover, though the variegated forms may be slower to spread than the species. Try growing them in containers too so they will be close at hand when you want to snip a few blooms for a spring bouquet.

 

Gardening 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.

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.