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PlantFiles: Siberian Bugloss, False Forget-Me-Not, Perennial Forget-Me-Not
Brunnera macrophylla

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Brunnera (BROO-ner-uh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Anchusa myosotidiflora

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On May 26, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Brunnera was one of my first shade-garden plants, and I really love it. It blooms for about 2 months in the spring; if I remove the spent flowers, sometimes it will rebloom a bit. After they bloom the foliage is still very attractive. I always wear gloves when handling these because the leaves are rough. They don't seem to have any pest or disease issues and are very low-maintenance.

Neutral Malus2006 On Jan 9, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Seem to be frustrating to grow for me - maybe it's the alkaline tap water?

Positive milkbonehappy On May 21, 2008, milkbonehappy from Chester, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I sowed seeds of forget-me-not in the spring one year ago. The plant did not flower the first season, and was not very vigorous. I wasn't sure if the plant coming up where I sowed the seeds were even forget-me-nots, or just weeds. However, this spring, this was the first green plant in the shade garden. I was still not sure if I was dealing with weeds until it finally bloomed for the first time, in zone 5 in April, tiny bright blue flowers with a ring of yellow in the center. It is vigorous following a harsh winter, and growing very well in shade with some dappled afternoon sun. I expected a low groundcover but it has grown to be about 8 inches tall, it seems to bolt just before flowering, and has spread laterally into good-sized bunches. The foliage is unremarkable. Overall I am pleased with the hardiness and subtle beauty of the plant, I hope it stays green throughout the summer.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 16" - Plant 18" apart. z3-7 Bold green foliage; from Russia. Sky-blue flowers in early spring. The heart-shaped, textured leaf is ideal for woodland settings or the perennial border. It loves moisture, does best in light shade.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 21, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love this plant! Love the bright blue flowers, love the heart shaped leaves and love that it self sows easily!

Neutral Golda On May 1, 2006, Golda from Sherman, CT wrote:

I have found the Brunnera to be slightly invasive but by seeds not rhysomes so it can be confined. The roots are strong and stubborn to remove. I love the flowers so I retain some.

Positive dietznbach On Nov 3, 2005, dietznbach from Kenmore, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

In my first year of gardening at my new house, I found this plant peeping under the shoots of my peonies. Delicate blue flowers soon shot up from it, the only color that partial shade border had all spring. I moved it toward the middle of the bed between two peonies so it could thrive. By the summer the two peonies hid the plant completely. When fall came, I pulled the peonies back where I found the Siberian bugloss still chugging along contentedly despite the fact it had virtually no sun for several months. I loved the plant so much that I dug up about half of one of the peonies (which was acting thuggish towards my sedum anyway) to give it a little light and air.

Positive fluffygrue On Jul 9, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this plant. I have it growing in part shade in thick clay, which is moist but not waterlogged. It flowers for ages, and once they're gone you're left with wonderful architectural foliage. Seems to grow bigger than the stated size - my clump's getting on for three foot wide. And it's not bothered by snails/slugs, either.

Positive brimmsplace On May 4, 2004, brimmsplace from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

This plant is absolutely gorgeous. Has been blooming for over a month now. We like this plant so much that we went out and bought "Jack Frost". Can't wait to see what it looks like in couple of years.

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 4, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

It's growing under a maple tree where most other perennials languish. Foliage is quite attractive and the dainty flowers are refreshing in the woodland garden.

Neutral mystic On Aug 24, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

False forget-me-not, or Siberian bugloss, has clusters of small sky blue to purple blooms for several weeks in spring. Plants grow 12-18" tall and have attractive heart-shaped foliage.They do well in moist well-drained soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Oak Park, Illinois
Pecatonica, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Hagerstown, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
East Tawas, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Springfield, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Brockport, New York
Buffalo, New York (2 reports)
Clayton, New York
Clinton Corners, New York
Leeds, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
North Olmsted, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Walterville, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Chester, Vermont
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Mountain, Wisconsin

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