Bless My Bloomin’ Bugloss

Around a year ago we bought this plant in one of our favorite nurseries here in Auckland; we had some of these in our garden in Nebraska and were very fond of them. Its formal name is Brunnera macrophylla, and it has at least three common names: Sea Heart, False Forget-Me-Not, and Siberian Bugloss. That last name, by the way, has nothing to do with bugs or with loss, but rather refers to the shape and the appearance of the leaves. The “Bu” comes from the Greek word for “ox,” and the “gloss” from the Greek word for “tongue.” This is the first time that it has flowered since we planted it; it has a special place in our garden, and we are delighted to see that it’s doing so well and hope it will spread.

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10 Responses to Bless My Bloomin’ Bugloss

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Love the Brunnera! various foliage forms down here in public gardens. Noticed some really nice ones in Gore just the other day!

  2. Good for you for repudiating the bug and the loss in that common name. You may or may not be surprised that the native English cognate of the bu element is cow.

    • krikitarts says:

      Actually, not surprised at all. One textbook that we used in vet school in Berlin for the study of bovine diseases was entitled “Buiatrik.” Ah, the good old student days.

  3. shoreacres says:

    I enjoyed the explanation of the name, even though it put an end to my musings about how sad you’d be if you experienced bug loss in your garden. It’s a pretty plant that reminds me of the varieties of silver-leaved peperomia — a houseplant commonly for sale in grocery stores and such.

    • krikitarts says:

      There’s certainly a resemblance in the veining patterns, but yours seem quite shiny, whereas ours look slightly fuzzy. Now, here’s a tangent that came totally unbidden: Back in student days in Berlin, American western films were very popular, and one character for whom they had considerable fondness was Gabby Hayes, only in the German-dubbed versions, his name was always Fuzzy–which in German was pronounced “Footsie!”

  4. Meanderer says:

    I’ve grown this plant in England! How nice to know it grows in each hemisphere and across the world. It looks like variety ‘Jack Frost’ which is the type I had.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yep, nice to know for sure. Ours in Nebraska was also the Jack Frost variety. We’re not sure what this one is, but we’re sure we’d remember of the label had said Jack Frost.

  5. I’d say that is most likely the loveliest of ox tongues.

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