Pulmonaria can be herbaceous or semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials with terminal clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring, and often strikingly patterned leaves developing in summer
P. officinalis is a semi-evergreen perennial to 30cm tall, with broad leaves spotted freely with greenish-white, and clusters of flowers opening pink and soon changing to blue, in spring.
Time to ultimate height
North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
Grow in humus-rich, fertile, moist but not waterlogged soil in full or partial shade
Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
Clay, Chalk or Loam
How to care
Remove old leaves after flowering
Generally pest free
May be subject to powdery mildews in dry conditions
Propagate by division after flowering or in autumn
Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover or Wildlife Gardens, Good for the bees.