Long-Leafed Lungwort, Joseph and Mary, Spotted Dog, Soldiers and Sailors
|Offering deep color under trees, Lungworts will grow in shady areas where other flowering plants will not. Like others in the Borage family, its clusters of flowers change color as they age, from pink or red to blue. This accounts for one of the common names, Soldiers and Sailors. Some foliage is white-spotted, often spectacularly so. Good in containers, and as edging with ferns, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Easy to care for. Water after planting and during extended dry spells. Divide for new plants.
It grows wild in heavy clay soils. Flowers range from blue to violet. Early herbalists saw the spotted leaves as a sign that the plant could heal lung disease.
Attributes - Pulmonaria longifolia
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Late Spring
Flower Color: Blue
Height: 10 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Notes: Showy Flowers.
Pulmonaria angustifolia, Pulmonaria longifolia 'Bertram Anderson', Pulmonaria saccharata, Pulmonaria saccharata 'Pink Dawn', Pulmonaria saccharata 'Sissinghurst White'