Brunnera 'Silver Sterling' is improved newer variety with better foliage and better tolerance to humidity. Larger silver leaves (7-8" in diameter), forget-me-not blue flowers in the spring.
10-14" tall x 20-24'" wide clumps.
Half sun (in cooler area), half shade, light shade, dappled shade. Average soil enriched with some organic matter, organic mulch or compost. In cooler area does tolerate drier shade.
Brunnera likes moisture and prefers soils that don't dry out quickly (average moisture to moist).
Hardy in zones 3-8, very hardy plant. Still with the improved humidity tolerance it is not plant for deep south - performs better in cooler areas, areas with cooler summer nights (northern states, northeast, Chicago area)
Deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant.
Best in half shade, shade garden, woodland or woodland edge garden, shaded parts of bigger rock gardens.
Good companions can be Anemone japonica, Aquilegia, Asarum, Bergenia, Chelone lyonii, Epimedium, Geranium, Helleborus, Hemerocallis (the older varietis that can tolerate some more shade) Heuchera, Hosta, Iris cristata,Polemonium, Primula, Pulmonaria, Spigelia, Stylophorum, Uvularia and many others shade-loving perennials. Looks awesome with late spring bulbs and spring ephemerals (Jeffersonia, Mertensia, Sanquinaria, Trillium etc). Good grass companions are Deschampsia, Carex, Calamagrostis brachytricha and Hakonechloa.
Leaves and flowers can be used as cut flowers.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
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