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Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great' is a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial that is primarily grown in shady areas for its attractive heart-shaped, dark green, basal foliage. 'Alexander's Great' forms a large mound of silvered leaves that have contrasting green veins and a narrow green edge. In spring it has stalks of small sky blue flowers that rise above the foliage. Grows 1 to 1.5 ft. tall and 2 to 2.5 ft. wide. Basal leaves form a foliage mound which remains attractive throughout the growing season. 

Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers consistently moist, organically rich soils in shady areas. Generally intolerant of dry soils, but tolerates some dryness better than most other cultivars of this species. Clumps slowly spread by creeping rhizomes to form thick ground covers. Plants may self seed in optimum growing conditions, but seedlings of variegated forms may not come true (may lose variegation).


18-20 in



24-30 in


Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Ground Cover
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Focal Point
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