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Pulmonaria longifolia Diana Clare

Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage

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Plant Code: PUDC

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Its late spring arrival marks the end of one season and ushers in the next. Speckled with silver, the apple-green foliage is eventually completely covered in a silver sheen. Violet-blue flowers transition to purple, then pink.

Pulmonaria foliage is attractive all season. Mounding habit will spread to create a beautiful foliage display. Pulmonaria tolerate morning sun, but need afternoon shade to avoid leaf scorching.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 8-12"
Spacing: Plant 12-18" apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Blue
Accent: Pink
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Deer Resistant
  • OK in Containers
  • Shade Tolerant

Pulmonaria General Information

Pulmonaria are fabulous shade plants with semi-evergreen foliage which remains attractive as long as they are provided with adequate moisture throughout the summer. Works well under deciduous trees and along woodland pathways. Excellent with bulbs.

Pulmonaria Plant Care

Prefers compost rich well-drained soil. Pulmonaria may become dormant in extended dry spells. Perform early spring cleanup before flowering begins. Can be divided every 4 - 6 years right after flowering or in early autumn. Can shear tired foliage in midsummer for a flush of new growth.