Pulmonaria / Lungwort

puldarkvader300Pulmonaria ‘Dark Vader’ – This mildew resistant cultivar comes to us from Terra Nova Nurseries. It features variable blooms of pink to purple to blue, held in pendulous terminal clusters from April to May. These are nicely contrasted by deep green foliage that is generously spotted in silver. Prefers part to full shade. Deer resistant. Grows 10-12″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 4.

pulmonarialongifoliarubra (300x298)Pulmonaria rubra (syn. Pulmonaria officinalis ‘Rubra’, Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Rubra’) – One of the first Lungworts to flower in the garden (with ‘Redstart’ being the earliest) bearing funnel-shaped blooms of bubblegum pink to coral or rose red from late winter to midspring. The light green leaves are unspotted. Good groundcover. Grows 16″ high by 36″ wide. AGM. Zone 5.

pultrevifountain (297x300)Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ – Another Terra Nova Nurseries introduction which is reportedly a cross of Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’ and P. ‘Margery Fish’. It bears deep cobalt blue flowers in April over narrow lance-shaped green foliage with silver spotting. It is disease resistant and beautiful in combination with Japanese Tassel fern. Grows 12″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 4.

pulmonariaofficinalisalba (296x300)Pulmonaria officinalis ‘Sissinghurst White’ (syn. Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’) – The pure white flowers emerge from pale pink buds from April to May and are nicely complimented by the mid-green oval leaves with silvery spotting. This is a great choice for a shaded Alba garden with Hosta ‘Patriot’ and Bloodroot. AGM. Grows 8-12″ high by 20″ wide. Zone 4.

pulmonariaexcaliber (300x288)Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Mrs. Moon’ – A reliable favourite with magenta-pink buds which open to pink flowers that mature to a rich blue from April to May. The pointed deep green leaves (12″ long at maturity) are generously marked with silvery-grey spots and catch the eye well after the flowering is finished. Deer resistant. Grows 10 to 12″ high by 18 to 24″ wide. Zone 3.

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