Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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(Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost')
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Genus:  Brunnera
This woodland plant is valued for its flowers and its heart-shaped, ground-covering leaves. Its small blue flowers go nicely with ephemeral bulbs in mid- to late spring,  as the enlarging leaves block out the ripening bulb foliage. 'Jack Frost' can take dry summers and wet winters. This cultivar is prized for its improved tolerance of heat and sun. -Marty Hair, Regional Picks: Upper Midwest, Fine Gardening issue# 127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Highly valued for striking silver variegated foliage. Powder blue flowers hover over the plant in spring.
Care:  Remove ragged foliage in late fall and snip off the spent flower stalks in early summer to keep this plant looking its best.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in container in spring. B. macrophylla should be divided in winter.
Problems:  None serious, but watch out for too much sun or hot sites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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