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Brunnera macrophylla

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Boraginaceae
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These big-leafed woodlandplants thrive in the rich organicsoil under tall trees and shrubs.They grow in clumps 1 1/2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide; leaves are heart shaped, dark green. Airy clusters of tiny, yellow-centered, clear blue flowers look like related forget-me-nots (Myosotis). Inshade, spring blooms keepcoming into summer. Besidesthe green species, look for‘Diane’s Gold’; ‘Langtrees’, witha necklace of white marks penciled around the inside of each leaf; ‘Jack Frost’, with silvery leaves veined and bordered in green; and ‘Looking Glass’, whose leaves are nearly white.

Brunnera works well with heucheras, hostas, and similar woodland plants, freely self-sowing once established. To increase germination, try freezingseeds before sowing. Needswell-drained, moisture-retentivesoil. Increase by dividing clumps in fall.

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