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Emerald Mist Brunnera
Brunnera macrophylla 'Emerald Mist'
Emerald Mist Brunnera foliage
(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)
Height: 15 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Siberian Bugloss, Heartleaf Bugloss
Large, attractive heart shaped leaves are green with wide bars of silver variegation; pretty blue flowers in spring; makes a nice accent in containers and lightens up shade gardens
Emerald Mist Brunnera 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 attractive heart-shaped leaves remain silver in color with showy green variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Emerald Mist Brunnera 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.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Emerald Mist Brunnera is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Emerald Mist Brunnera will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Emerald Mist Brunnera 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 and foliage 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.
A great alternative to hostas for landscapes with deer problems.