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Unforgettable! Siberian Bugloss is a striking Spirit for shady spots with its bold, heart-shaped foliage and dreamy blue blossoms. The flowers will remind you of Forget-Me-Nots, only this is a dependable perennial version of that cottage garden classic—it comes back from the roots year after year. Plant it under early-blooming trees like Redbud or Whitebud to create a spring vignette that will kick off the season in style. You can also grow it in a shady border on the north side of your house, where it will bring early-season color and cheer.
Though it’s called “Siberian,” this Spirit is more commonly found in eastern Europe and western Asia. It grows in forests and on hillsides there. It was first found by Westerners in 1800 on a plant-hunting expedition to what is now the country of Georgia. The “Bugloss” part of its name comes from the Greek for “Ox Tongue.” That’s what the imaginative namer of the plant thought the big, scratchy leaves looked like. The plant is also called “Perennial Forget-Me-Not” because of its resemblance to that old, romantic, annual plant with the same beautiful blue flowers.
In a shady site and moist soil, Siberian Bugloss will often reseed. Over time, it will make a handsome, weed-smothering carpet of heart-shaped leaves and, in spring, a sea of tiny, true-blue flowers.
How to Grow
Siberian Bugloss is happiest in part shade and deep, rich, organic soil. Regular moisture is essential, especially in hot climates. Leaf margins will scorch in too much sun or dryness, so mulch well and be sure to irrigate if no rain falls for a week or two. Cut plants to the ground when they begin to look rough to make way for fresh new growth in early spring. In mild winter areas, foliage may remain attractive well into the cold season. Cut flower stems back promptly after blooming if you don’t wish plants to reseed and form a groundcover.
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