'Queen of Hearts' Heartleaf Brunnera | Proven Winners

This stunning foliage perennial will be the queen of the shade (and your heart). Compared to its companion plant 'Jack of Diamonds', 'Queen of Hearts' has more heart-shaped leaves and a more pronounced silver overlay with narrower bands of dark green veining. From mid to late spring, baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms are held in clusters above the foliage.

Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic groundcover, though the variegated forms may be slower to spread than the species. Try growing them in containers too so they will be close at hand when you want to snip a few blooms for a spring bouquet.

  • Attracts: Bees
  • Resists: Deer


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Short
  • Garden Height: 16 - 18 Inches
  • Spacing: 28 - 36 Inches
  • Spread: 28 - 36 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Blue
  • Flower Shade: Baby blue
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Dark Green
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Spiller


  • Light Requirement: Part Shade to Shade
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Mid - Late Spring
  • Hardiness Zones: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b 
  • Water Category: Average
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point 
  • Maintenance Notes: Best in full shade and consistent, moist soils. In the north, morning sun is tolerated. Use mulch in winter.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc


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