Friday, June 29, 2012

Lungwort

Lungwort is a lovely garden plant.  It blooms in early spring and enjoys partly shady areas.  It grows in many different plant zones from about zone 3-8.  The bell like flowers are pink and blue and make the prettiest fairy skirts.  It has a mounding habit and has beatuiful foliage all year round.  It will grow nicely under deciduos trees and along woodland paths.  We grow ours under our Fairy Rose bush.  Lungwort, also known as Pulmonaria officinalis, is considered deer resistent.  We don't have a problem with deer here in town, so I can't attest to that positively.
The speckled leaves were thought to resemble a lung.  Therefore, in the days of the early herbalists, lungwort was used in the treatment of lung disorders. 

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

The blossoms do look like fairy skirts. Pretty! Like the speckled leaves too. I could use this under a tree, it would be perfect.