One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the family Boraginaceae, the members of which have hairy, heart-shaped leaves and panicles of small blue or white flowers, and are native to woodlands of eastern Europe and northwestern Asia; (also brunnera) a plant of this genus, especially Brunnera macrophylla, which is widely cultivated as a shade-loving garden plant.
1920s. From scientific Latin Brunnera from the name of Samuel Brunner, Swiss botanist + -a.
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