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Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
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Including Pulmonaria ‘Majesté’, Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’, and Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Blaues Meer’

Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

Lungwort

The enchantingly speckled foliage of the Pulmonarias we offer looks great all winter. One of the earliest plants to bloom, you can be picking its urn shaped flowers in February when the rest of the garden still slumbers.

Plant easy-to-grow Pulmonarias in the lacy light of a woodland setting, in cool, moist soil. They are excellent noninvasive ground covers.

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Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Blaues Meer’  partial shade  shade lover

Lance-shaped dark green leaves create a handsome solid-colored bed for nodding clusters of vivid cobalt blue funnel-shaped flowers atop short stalks. Granted a four star score at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Pulmonaria trials, ‘Blaues Meer’s vigorous enduring clump makes a verdant statement beneath Spiraea ‘Ogon’.

Blooms February-April

Size: 8"–10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Blaues Meer’ (P-1856)
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Pulmonaria ‘Apple Frost’  partial shade  shade lover

Here’s one type of frost that should be welcomed into gardens with open arms. The mildew resistant foliage of this compact species has a green midrib and is irregularly splashed with so much silver that there is often more silver than apple green. Such “frost” complements the soft rose-colored flowers, which fade to violet-blue. The Maple-like foliage of Kirengeshoma palmata makes it an interesting neighbor for ‘Apple Frost’.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Apple Frost’ (P-0384)
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Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’  partial shade  shade lover
Pulmonaria  Benediction

The lush foliage of ‘Benediction’, with its widely spaced silver spots, ranks above that of other dark green-leafed Pulmonarias. A favorite for massing, we especially enjoy the profusion of deep blue flowers when planted next to Epimedium x rubrum and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’.

Blooms early March–May.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’ (P-0550)
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Pulmonaria ‘Berries and Cream’  partial shade  shade lover
Pulmonaria  Berries and Cream

The raspberry-pink flower of this species is a new color for Pulmonarias. Against the sparkling, mostly silver leaves with slightly ruffled, mottled green margins, the flowers are as enticing as a bowl of fresh berries and cream. Plant in large drifts and watch the flowers—and your garden—turn purple with age.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Berries and Cream’ (P-0383)
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Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’  partial shade  shade lover
Pulmonaria  Excalibur

With a metallic effulgence that’s reminiscent of mercury, this Pulmonaria is a refined inspiration for the darker corners of your garden. Its lance-shaped leaves are completely frosted in silver except for a pencil-thin, deep green edge. Impressively mildew resistant, ‘Excalibur’s striking foliage is graced by charming rosy pink and blue flowers long before spring’s treasure trove of bloom gets underway. (pp#8958).

Blooms March–May.

Size: 10" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’ (P-1194)
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Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’  partial shade  shade lover

With foliage that’s more diminutive than other Pulmonarias, this compact Lungwort can easily squeeze into an intimate space. While the deep cobalt blue of the flowers fades to a softer purple, the distinct silver spots of the narrow leaves remain intense and dazzling. We let ‘Little Star’ skirt the ground beneath the gilded foliage of Clematis ‘Stolwijk Gold’ for a dramatic foliar contrast.

Blooms early March – April.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’ (P-0310)
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Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis  partial shade  shade lover
Cevennes Lungwort
Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis

This marvelous subspecies from the Cevennes region of France will perk up any shady spot with its slender, silver mottled leaves that are spear-shaped and distinctively large, reaching up to 2 ft. in length. Wider than most longifolia species, good-sized cobalt blue flowers fade to violet atop a mounding, highly mildew resistant base.

Blooms March – April.

Size: 18" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis (P-0551)
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Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’  partial shade  shade lover

A beloved older cultivar named for a noted British plantsman, this boldly marked Pulmonaria boasts a dashing mound of steel splotched, long narrow dark green leaves and clustered bright cobalt blue blooms. Its distinctive good looks, abundant full-toned flowers and easily maintained habit earned 'Bertram Anderson' a perfect score at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Pulmonaria Trails and should give you plenty of reason to welcome him into your favorite shady nook.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’ (P-0121)
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Pulmonaria ‘Majesté’  partial shade  shade lover

Solidly sheened with silver, ‘Majesté’s thick leafage is extremely elegant—even without any flowers. But in early spring, short arching sprays of both blue and pink blooms make an appearance and, against the leaves, it’s a color-rich delight. Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’s greenery offers a vivid contrast.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Majesté’ (P-0908)
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Pulmonaria ‘Opal’  partial shade  shade lover

Good-sized dark green ovate foliage, heavily tattooed with irregular slate-colored blotches, patches and spots, lolls beneath a delicate presentation of funnel-shaped pale ice blue blooms on short stems. ‘Opal’s cool composed visage can be sited amid wild gingers and backed by Anemone leveillei.

Blooms March–May

Size: 6"–12" high x 6"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ (P-1895)
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Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’  partial shade  shade lover
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This prized Pulmonaria’s periwinkle blue flowers stand 6 to 8 proud inches above handsome, evenly silver-blotched foliage. Broad, Hosta-like green leaves are slightly rough to the touch. It works well as a ground cover in a shaded rock garden and blooms for an exceptionally long time.

Blooms mid-February–May.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’ (P-0124)
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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Dora Bielefeld’  partial shade  shade lover

Awarded 4 stars at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Pulmonaria Trails, 'Dora Bielefeld' delivers pretty rose pink funnel-shaped flowers atop a consistently well-groomed apple green mound with wide-spaced pearly speckles and plenty of hearty gusto. Her decidedly feminine blooms seldom fade to purple and make a lovely addition to companions such as Helleborus 'Picotee Lady' and Aruncus aethusifolius.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 12"–15" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Dora Bielefeld’ (P-1816)
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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Highdown’  partial shade  shade lover
Bethlehem Sage
Pulmonaria saccharata Highdown

A friend in Montana tells his wife every night that what she’s cooking for dinner is his favorite, and he means it. We’re like that with Pulmonarias. This one is our favorite too—for its flower. It’s the truest, the showiest, the brightest blue, and the earliest to bloom. Large, richly green foliage is dappled in swank grays and silvers.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Highdown’ (P-0122)
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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’  partial shade  shade lover

Pristine, soft white flowers crown mercury dappled and freckled deep green leaves that are broader than the other saccharatas. Resembling 'Roy Davidson' in terms of spotted foliage, this Pulmonaria is more open, bearing its flowers more loosely and later in the spring.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’ (P-0125)
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Pulmonaria ‘Silver Streamers’  partial shade  shade lover

Ruffle-edged, mercury-hued and randomly dappled with green, the spectacular long slender leaves grow upward then gracefully arch downward. A Dan Heims hybrid between Pulmonaria . ‘Redstart’ and Pulmonaria . ‘Excalibur’, this posh steadfast shade dweller debuts colorful clusters of dainty drooping funnel-shaped blooms, which open pink, then turn blue, perched atop short stems.

Blooms March–April

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Pulmonaria ‘Silver Streamers’ (P-1280)
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