Brunnera hyacinthoides – a new species?

Having been amused by James (Lost in the Landscape’s) rare lavender flowered Californian coffeeberry I thought I would share my Brunnera hyacinthoides.  Is it a new species combining the large and decorative leaves of the Brunnera with the attractive and very English flowers of the Bluebell?  A winning combination I think.

I am hopeless with names so had to ask my twitter friends for a clue as to what the leaf might be off.  Brunnera they said.  Arh but what Brunnera?  I thought it might be Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ as the name rings a bell but looking at images on google I am not convinced and think it might actually be Brunnera macrophylla ‘Dawnsons White’.  Either way it is a lovely plant and I shall be looking to see how I can divide it.

Oh and these are what the flowers really look like!!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. As pretty as that is, I am afraid there is nothing either English or British about those bluebells. They are most definitely of the Spanish persuasion.

  2. James says:

    I love your new species! So many variegated plants look dreadful when they flower because they’re selected for the foliage and not for how the foliage looks against the blooms. I do hope you’ll be propagating Brunnera hyacinthoides and getting it into all of our gardens.

    1. patientgardener says:

      James – propagating is proving problematic due to the combination of bulbs and roots!

  3. Liz says:


    I have to agree with Vergette gardents – these look like the Spanish Bluebells or Hybrids, sorry.

    Regardless, it’s still an amusing idea.

  4. I can never tell which bluebells I have…I have many Brunnera and love them all…that foliage is amazing

  5. patientgardener says:

    Hi Liz/Tanya – When I said the bluebells were English I was meaning that bluebells were quiessentially English not that I had English bluebells. I’m not bothered whether mine are English, Spanish or a mix. I have had them very many years and love them.

  6. When I saw your photo a thought ran through my mind: it’s not April Fools is it? This has been a good tease – and I love the last photo!

  7. easygardener says:

    I would patent that plant as soon as possible – bound to be a great hit with nurseries 🙂

  8. Haha! It will be the talk of the horticulture world I’m sure. = )

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