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Brunnera macrophlla 'Jack Frost'
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Plant Type: Perennials

A sight to behold! The leaves of ‘Jack Frost’ are intricately detailed with a crackle-like finish. Though the leaves are dark green, they have a heavily frosted overlay which allows only the green veining to show through. From mid to late spring, baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms are held in clusters several inches above the shimmering foliage. The effect is breathtaking.

Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic ground cover when planted en masse, though the variegated forms may be slower growers than the species. Try growing them in containers too so they will be close at hand when you want to snip a few blooms for a spring bouquet.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Brunnera is a woodland plant that should be grown in full shade and consistently moist soil in southern regions. In the north, morning sun is acceptable as long as the soil remains moist. They will grow the fastest and strongest in rich soil. Little care is needed once Brunnera is established. Cut back the old foliage in the spring rather than in the fall; it will help to protect the crown during the winter. A winter mulch is also recommended.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green with white overlay

Plant Spread

12-15 in.

Good Companions

Astilbe-Hybrid (Astilbe ), Barrenwort-Bicolor (Epimedium x versicolor), Bergenia-Heartleaf (Bergenia cordifolia), Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved (Dicentra ), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Fern-Japanese Painted (Athyrium niponicum), Foamflower (Tiarella ), Grass-Ornamental (Carex morrowii), Hosta (Hosta ), Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum), Lamium (Lamium maculatum), Lungwort (Pulmonaria longifolia), Phlox-Woodland (Phlox divaricata laphamii), Solomon's Seal-Variegated (Polygonatum odoratum)

Plant Height

12-15 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Mass Plant, Container, Specimen, Cut flower or foliage, Border

Bloom Time

Mid to late spring

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests