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Lungwort Pulmonaria

Growing Lungwort: Tips at a Glance

In dappled shade, lungwort is a useful ground cover; speckled leaves will pick up light and the plant will surprise you each spring with a burst of flowers.

  • Type Ground cover
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 4-8
  • Light Partial shade
  • Water Moist soil
  • When to Plant Autumn
  • Design Tip Silvery leaves
  • Companions Hostas, crocus
  • Peak season Early spring

Lungwort: A Field Guide

In the dappled shade of woodlands (or under a tree in your garden), lungwort is an unobtrusive ground cover and will surprise you every spring with a burst of small blue, pink, or coral flowers.

Its lovely foliage is lungwort’s greatest asset, however; you can find Pulmonaria cultivars with spotted leaves, leaves splashed with silver, white leaves with spots of green, or pale silver with a green rim. In shady spots lungwort’s leaves will pick up the light and create a lovely contrast to surrounding greenery.

Native to Europe and Asia, lungwort will thrive in temperate climates, spreading by rhizome to form new clumps.

Planting, Care & Design of Lungwort

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