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Brunnera Alexander's Great
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Brunnera Alexander's Great

Hardy, tropical-like foliage for the shade garden!
Item: #BRUAG1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.19
  • Stunning silver leaves
  • Almost 1 foot wider than Brunnera Jack Frost
  • Deer proof Shade Ground Cover
  • 100's of blue flowers in spring
  • 3 seasons of shade garden interest
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Brunnera Alexander's Great Description

Brunnera Alexander's Great has a pleasing tropical look with its extra large white-veined leaves and mound shaped plant.  The beauty is that it is a hardy shade perennial that comes back reliably year after year.

Alexander's Great is equivalent to an oversized Jack Frost Brunnera - growing at least a foot wider with massive leaves. Talk about an attention getter!

A rugged, shade ground cover, Brunnera foliage emerges in spring growing into broad, heart-shaped silver leaves etched by emerald-green veins creating a crackled pattern.

In spring, delicate sprays of 100's of bright blue flowers dance above the plant. Refined, and quick to mature in the garden, growing up to 15-18"" tall and 28"" wide.

Brunnera Alexander's Great will give you a quicker fill both in the garden or in containers.

This colorful, deer resistant Shade Ground Cover makes the perfect companion to multi-colored Heucheras, lacy Hardy Ferns, & bold Hostas!

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Multi-seasonal Interest, Variegated

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Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'
  • Common Name:
    Heartleaf Brunnera
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Shade, Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
  • Soil Moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x Width:
    15-18"" X 28""
  • Flower Color:
    Sky blue flowers
  • Foliage Color:
    Silver with green veins
  • Bloom Season:
    Early spring
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Ornamental, Small Spaces, Specimen, Under planting, Woodland
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:PPAF

Ideas and How-to's



Soil: Evenly moist, humus rich, well-drained soil
Light: Grows well in morning sun to full shade, in all but the driest of spots. In hot afternoon sun, it will need moist soil or the leaves will burn, but in the shade occasional water is sufficient.
Water: Tolerates dry shade ,but needs moisture in sunny conditions. Variegated forms require moist soil and will scorch in sun.
Spacing: 24"- 28" apart
Fertilizing: Grow in well-drained soil that is moderately fertile and humus-rich. We do not recommend fertilizing at planting time, or during the first growing season. In successive years, if soil is poorer in quality, and light scattering of compost, or slow release fertilizer in spring should be sufficient.
Winterizing: Keep old foliage over winter to protect crowns. After the ground freezes, apply a loose layer of oak leaves, pine boughs, or straw. You can gradually remove mulch, and cut back old foliage in early spring.
Maintenance & Pruning: When the clump starts to deteriorate in the center, it is time to divide it. Plants may be divided easily in early autumn. Plant crowns at soil level. Sometimes self seeds generously, but usually the seedlings have plain green leaves. Remove any green foliage that appears on varigated forms.