Loves shade, does not tolerate sun well at all.
Grows to a height of about 12 to 15 inches tall.
Flowers are striking blue clusters.
Hardy in zones 3 through 8.
Water once or twice a week in the heat of the summer.
If planting in a group place them 12″ to 14″ apart.
There are few plants that will enhance a shade garden like this beauty.
By any and all means, stay inspired!
Questions, comments, mean things to say? Post them below and I will respond.
Ruth Longfield says
Mike, thank you for all your help and advice with my gardens. I may have missed it but do you ever propagate the Jack Frost Brunnera ? Can I start some from cuttings? I will try and find one and see if that will work for this plant.
Jack Frost Brunner is a patented plant and therefore cannot be legally propagated.
Bonnie crim says
Mike, you’ve done a beautiful and outstanding job on your landscaping. If I can give you a suggestion, as a interior designer, I would appreciate it. It would really make your house and landscaping come to life and update it if you would paint your brick. The brick on you house is outdated and that’s sad, because the landscaping is so beautiful. Not a sermon, just a suggestion. Thanks, bonnie crim
Neal Klabunde says
You forgot to mention that these plants are very deer resistant. These plants are also hot sellers.
Due to the uncertainty of being able to sell at our Farmer’s Market, we didn’t order in any plants this spring and only had 10 or so of them leftover from last year. and they sold quickly.
They can also be used to interplant with hostas to keep the deer away, it’s not a bulletproof solution, but it can help.
Great info, thank you Neal! That’s for doing the virtual nursery tour for us too.
Tree Trimming says
I find the little blue flowers beautiful! Thanks for the help!
Gloria Campbell says
How beautiful! I live in the boonies. It’s 112 miles to nearest town so how/can I get it mailed to me?
You’ll have to shop for it online.
What is the bloom time for this lovely plant?
Mine started blooming in early June.
ronna blumenfeld says
Mike, so grateful for all the gardeniing knowledge you generously share, I’ve learned much from you over the years and want to send out my heartfelt thanks.
You and your site are true delights!
Thank you Ronna!
If it doesn’t like sun, wouldn’t it make a good houseplant?
Probably not, needs a dormancy period.
Myrna Pitts says
What the heck, when I was a kid in the 50’s and 60’s we called that blue flower plant “forget me not” and it didn’t come with the white stripe leaf plant. What are we looking at with two obviously different plants?
I googled the plant online. There seems to be different varieties available. It is called false forget me not so your confusion is justified.
Different plant, often confused.
Patty-anne Lea says
what plants are poisonous to animals when used outside.
Patty, I honestly don’t know.
Darlene Precit says
Does Jack Frost Brunnera spread, is it aggressive?
Not that I am aware of.
I have a saying
“It’s a fine line between a well spreading perennial and a invasive plant.”
This one and the regular Brunnera fall on the well spreading side, great in knees of trees, easy to move.
Arlene Hughes says
I had 2 for about 4 years and one died over this winter. The surviving plant is doing fine. My plant does not send out roots nor have runners to make more, I wish it did. I will look for more.at the plant dept. in stores.
Would this beautiful plant grow where we live…Evergreen Colorado at 7500 ft. elevation? Our winter temps are rarely below -10 degrees. Another factor is our wildlife…deer and elk, who love to eat many plants.
It should be fine in your zone.
Mary McKalson says
Since the Paradise Fire of 2018, we have been ‘traveling’. Gardening has come to a virtual standstill. I am now settled for a few months in central OR, & have good internet. Am so pleased to see I am still on Mike’s list- this plant will be perfect here! TY
Jean Nagorski says
Please let your gardeners know that chipmunks and squirrels love the roots and leaves. Advise a control.
I have not found this to be the case.
Linda Kruhmin says
Yes they do love/eat these plants! Planted 2 on Sunday, with one dug out AND EATEN on Monday and the other on Tuesday; not even a root ball left…
Lynn Howdeshell says
Where can I get this plant and do deer like it?
Online or locally, you’ll have to look around.
That is a beautiful plant Mike. Thanks for the share
Tom Crumbaugh says
Are these plants deer proof? Thanks
I really don’t know, I’d have to look it up.
Not that I’ve seen
What about deer browser?
I’ve had Jack Frost Brunnera growing around my back yard for over 30 years. It “came with the house”. I’ve also seen this plant called “False Forget Me Nots. Because of the sweet little flowers.Very deep roots, it blooms in the early spring and then goes to seed. If the sunn is too much on them, they turn brown and die, but I clean them up and they come back the next year.
Lovely little plant.
Esther Volkan says
Mike I can’t grow roses because the Japanese Beetles destroy them. Do you have a cure for these beetles. I live in Virginia.
Esther, about all you can do is spray the roses and treat for Japanese beetle grubs.
Monica Karn says
Hi Mike, the flowers remind me of forget-me-nots!
Does the plant die down over winter…like hostas?
I love that you share your sweet donkeys and your
awesome gardening knowledge with us.
Most inspiring, thanks!
Yes, it does die down in the winter and comes back in the spring.
Very pretty..would brighten a shady spot.
Mary Sills says
watch out Brunner spreads!
I truly enjoy reading your plant tips and growing ideas. They are simple to understand and you make it all seem so easy. THANKS for all the help.
karen nelson says
mike, how can I propogate Jack Frost? I have several mature plants but want more. Same with huccerah.
Pretty sure that Jack Frost Brunnera is patented and illegal to propagate.