Genus: Lungwort

Pulmonaria

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
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Boraginaceae
The genus Pulmonaria is largely comprised of herbaceous perennials known as lungworts that are popular garden plants for shady locations. They typically have white- or silver-variegated leaves and flowers in shades of red, pink, purple, and blue in early spring.
Care:  Lungworts prefer fertile, moist soil in partial to full shade in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 8.
Propagation: 

<p> Divide after flowering or in early fall. Plants grown from seed may not look like their parents, as lungworts hybridize freely in garden settings. Seeds should be sown when ripe.</p>

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Pulmonaria

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Pulmonaria longiflora 'Bertram  Anderson'
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Bethlehem sage, lungwort
Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'
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'Silver Shimmers' lungwort
Pulmonaria 'Silver Shimmers'
Problems: 

<p> Powdery mildew is a common problem, especially in overly dry conditions. Resistant cultivars are available. Slugs and snails may also be a nuisance.</p>