Lungwort a robust ground cover in particularly shady locations
Pulmonaria longifolia is a low-growing ground-covering garden plant that can reach a height of 20-30cm. In the period from March to May it bears a multitude of small, violet-blue flowers with decorative, green, white spotted leaves. Lungwort prefers (semi-)shade, e.g. under taller, translucent trees or shrubs. It makes few demands on the type of soil, but it should be a humus-rich, well-drained soil. This garden plant is not a perennial but is hardy and does not need any special protection down to -23°C. In order for the plant to flourish in spring, it is important that old and withered leaves are removed early. With the right choice of location, however, hardly any care is necessary and the lungwort thrives without having to worry much about the plant.
Lungwort a foliage ornamental perennial
This carpet-like, creeping plant was called lungwort because the speckled leaves were thought to resemble a human lung. Although it has been used as a medicinal plant, its healing properties have never been proven. Nowadays, lungwort has earned its spurs with its beautiful flowers and leaves that remain in your flower bed for much of the year. Bees and other native insects are attracted to the lovely scent of the violet-blue, small, funnel-shaped flowers, which provide them with plenty of nectar.
Pulmonaria in the garden
Pulmonaria can be combined excellently with other perennials. It is a sturdy garden plant that you can really rely on. The bright flowers are a common feature of this shade-loving plant. Pulmonaria also survives well in the sun as long as it has sufficient moisture available. Pulmonaria is best planted in combination with specimen plants such as Helleborus and Paeonia as they are in flower one after the other and require similar growing conditions. Lungwort is also suitable as a bedding plant for summer flowering borders. The leaf then forms a beautiful transition between the border and its surroundings. The lungwort is also particularly popular for planting in a rock garden, and many gardeners also plant their flower boxes with pulmonaria to create decorative fronts for their gardens.
To plant one square metre you will need 8 plants.
Our plants are grown in pots and can therefore be planted all year round.