Pulmonaria angustifolia AGM

Boraginaceae

 

Habitat: part shade, moist

 

Soil: with plenty of humus

 

Height: 25 cm

 

Flowering: spring

 

Width: 30 cm

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The lungwort, so called because the mottled leaves were supposed to resemble lungs, and as such, using the Doctrine of Signitures method of medicine, the species was used to treat lung-related ailments. Different varieties produce a range of leaf markings, which look their best when putting on fresh growth after the spring flowering and are therefore a great ground cover plant. Funnel-shaped flowers with open lobes are produced in shades of blue, violet, pink, purple, red and white are a good early food source for bees.

Pulmonaria angustifolia is a really excellent lungwort, with bright blue flowers from early in spring, lasting for ages. It looks splendid with daffodils, and if clumps are frequently split, you soon get a wide area of blue colour, under trees or between shrubs.
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2 litre pot £8.00

Pulmonaria - some other suggestions
pulmonaria_longifolia.jpg Pulmonaria longifolia is, as suggested in its name, memorable for its long slender pointed leaves, which are dark green with grey-white spots. Nodding blue or violet flowers emerge from pink buds and flower over a long season. More tolerant of heat and drought than many species.
pulmonaria_ocupol2.jpg Pulmonaria 'Ocupol' is one of the finest cultivars, with dense silver spotting on the leaves, and abundant really pale blue, wide open flowers.
pulmonaria_raspberry_splash.jpg Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' has bright pink flowers over pointed, mottled leaves.
invisible.gif Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White' has white flowers opening from pink buds, and light green foliage, splashed with white spots.
pulmonaria_trevi_fountains.jpg Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain' has beautifully mottled leaves with silver-white markings and bright blue flowers.
pulmonaria_victorian_brooch.jpg Pulmonaria 'Victorian Brooch' has neat, compact silver-marked leaves and long-lasting bright magenta flowers.