Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beautiful Plant, Not so Pretty Name - Lungwort

One of the first things I do when I visit my mother-in-law is to walk around her gardens to see what is blooming. A few years ago, I noticed a beautiful purple and pink flowered plant with very interesting leaves. When I asked her what it was, I crinkled my nose at the name. Who could have given this stunner such an awful name?

Ok, so its name is actually Pulmonaria, which doesn't sound that name bad, but most people call it Lungwort because the spotted leaves resemble lungs, and it was known in the old days for helping with coughs and lung diseases (now we know better). No matter though. It's so pretty I just couldn't resist taking a few home for my garden when some volunteer plants were given to me.

A shade plant great for zone 4, it flowers early and can have multi-colored blooms. It does need some moisture so make sure to keep in a shady spot that doesn't dry out too bad. Mine gets a little filtered sun in the late afternoon because it sits under a Pinky Winky Hydrangea, and it does quite well.

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