'Silver Shimmers' lungwort

Pulmonaria 'Silver Shimmers'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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'Silver Shimmers' lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Silver Shimmers')
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Genus:  Pulmonaria

This eye-catching perennial has silver-plated leaves with speckled margins. Its blooms are among the largest of all lungworts, beginning as pink buds and opening in early spring to display platinum blue flowers.

This plant will eventually form a decent-sized mound that resembles a mountain of liquid silver. It's perfect in a woodland border and makes a great ground cover and container plant. In mild winters, its leaves may stay evergreen.

Care: 

Partial shade (morning sun with afternoon shade is best); rich, moist, well-drained soil; good air circulation. Do not allow plants to dry out. Also, too much sun and heat will kill this plant.

Propagation: 

 Divide clumps in the spring or fall; apply a small dose of fertilizer when transplanting.

Problems: 

 In hot, humid locations, watch out for powdery mildew.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Foliage Color
Evergreen,
Silver/Grey
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

Pulmonaria 'Silver Shimmers'