Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’

Siberian bugloss


Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’ is a stunning perennial prized for its large, heart-shaped silver leaves with prominent green veining. Reaching up to 50cm in height and width, this plant forms a striking foliage clump that brightens shady garden areas. In spring, it produces delicate clusters of small, bright blue flowers, adding seasonal interest.

Thriving in partial to full shade, ‘Alexander’s Great’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Ideal for adding texture and colour to shade gardens, borders, or as ground cover, this robust and low-maintenance plant combines beauty with resilience, making it a favourite among gardeners.


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Origin: Cultivar of horticultural origin, species native to the Caucasus Mountains
Genus: Brunnera
Species / Cultivar: macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'
Common Name: Siberian bugloss

Plant Biography

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’ is a relatively recent cultivar, introduced in the early 21st century. Originating from the Caucasus region, Brunnera macrophylla, also known as Siberian bugloss, has long been valued for its shade tolerance and attractive foliage.

‘Alexander’s Great’ was developed by Alexander Zukeivich in Belarus and gained attention for its significantly larger leaves compared to other varieties. This cultivar features striking silver leaves with pronounced green veining and small, bright blue flowers in spring. ‘Alexander’s Great’ quickly became popular in horticulture for its dramatic foliage, robust growth, and ability to provide ground cover in shady garden areas, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of shade gardens.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 0.1–0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’ thrives in partial to full shade and prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. This hardy perennial can grow up to 50 cm tall and wide, with large, striking silver leaves that create a bold statement in the garden. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry spells, to maintain its lush appearance. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

In spring, it produces clusters of small, bright blue flowers. Minimal pruning is needed, but removing spent flowers and dead leaves keeps it looking tidy. Ideal for shade gardens, ‘Alexander’s Great’ adds texture and colour to any landscape.


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