Great Forget-Me-Not

Brunnera macrophylla

Great Forget-Me-Not

Brunnera macrophylla
Siberian Bugloss (great forget-me-not) brings you the loveliest little blue flowers in early spring. Goes great with (for instance) ferns, primrose and Pulmonaria (lungwort). Great forget-me-nots are very strong and tolerant of wind and cold weather. This pretty woodland plant will thrive in a lightly shaded spot in moisture retaining, fertile soil.
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Latin name: Brunnera macrophylla
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Blue,Purple
Preferred location: Half shadow, Shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: April - May
Growing Height: 30 cm

Plant Brunnera macrophylla in the garden or in a pot immediately upon receipt. Prepare a sufficiently large hole and loosen the soil thoroughly with a fork. Improve poor garden soil with an added mix of compost and granulated cow manure. Plant the Siberian bugloss at the correct depth in the planting hole - the top of the root ball should be just below soil level. Fill the hole with more (improved) soil, heel well in and water immediately after planting. You can also plant Brunnera macrophylla in large containers. Siberian bugloss or great forget-me-not, grows well in fertile, fairly moist soil in a spot in (part) shade.

Siberian bugloss in the garden

Brunnera macrophylla plants are strong perennials that can grow in the same spot for years. Siberian bugloss (also known as great forget-me-not) is one of the most popular foliage plants. Even in shade this perennial grows exceedingly well. You can plant Siberian bugloss makes good groundcover and also great as a solitary plant between lower plants. The leaves will combine beautifully with, for instance, spotted nettle (Lamium maculatum) 'Beacon Silver' and lilyturf/monkey grass (Liriope muscari) 'Moneymaker'. Or combine the spotted leaves of Siberian bugloss with other shade loving plants, such as Astilbe, large-leaf hosta and Japanese anemone.


Brunnera macrophylla is an easy plant requiring little care. Make sure the soil around the roots does not dry out - soil that is too dry is not well tolerated. It is however an excellent perennial that is good and hardy and stays green for part of the winter season. In spring, remove any withered leaves and you will very soon see new foliage from the rhizome. Siberian bugloss flowers in spring.

Ground cover

In a shaded garden, Brunnera macrophylla will be an excellent ground cover and spreads naturally under trees and bushes without becoming invasive. A worry-free addition to any garden.


The Siberian bugloss is particularly known as a foliage plant, as it remains green virtually throughout the year. However, the inflorescence is also very beautiful. The small forget-me-not like flowers also have a lot of charm, located on stems that only just protrude from the foliage.

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