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Siberian Bugloss

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Mounds of lawn green, heart shaped leaves are featured in this shade loving selection; easy to grow, requiring little to no maintenance; sprays of small, sky blue flowers emerge during the late spring months-can be cut and added to bouquets

Characteristics

Species:
macrophylla
Average Landscape Height:
12 inches (16 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Brunnera
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
15 inches
Flower Color:
sky blue
Flower Period:
from early to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
lawn green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Siberian Bugloss features airy cymes of sky blue flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its heart-shaped leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Siberian 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.

Planting & Growing

Siberian Bugloss will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Siberian Bugloss is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. 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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