Lungwort, Pulmonaria is well suited to planting under trees, between shrubs, or at the front of a shady border. The abundant flowers appear before the leaves have fully developed and are mostly in shades of blue, pink, and white. The foliage is very handsome, often silver-spotted, and if sheared over after flowering, produces a second, fresh mound of leaves. The whole plant is rarely more than 10-12 inches high, and when established is very decorative, even out of flower. The plant gets its common name fro the similarity between a spotted leaf and a diseased lung. Lungwort, Pulmonaria, grows best in light shade or in borders that are shady during the hottest part of the day. The leaves quickly wilt under a hot sun. The soil should be heavily enriched with decayed organic matter, but it also needs to drain quite well. Hardy to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Flowers from March-May and divide in June and October.
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