Lungwort, Jerusalem Cowslip, Jerusalem Sage, Spotted Dog, Soldiers and Sailors
Pulmonaria officinalis

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Pulmonaria (pul-muh-NARE-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)
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Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Washington, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Cobleskill, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Grants Pass, Oregon

Fort Worth, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 6, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fascinating flowers change colors and then give way to attractive foliage. Mine have done better with a fair amount of sun, but it may be because it is in an area that has more moisture. Foliage gets a bit shabby in mid summer, but when cut back, fresh quickly replaces it. Blooms in April-May in my garden.

Positive

On Apr 16, 2005, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

Lovely little plant, looks great in the spring, not to fond of direct sun and heat can look a little rough come august.

Positive

On Jul 16, 2004, perf628 from Gore, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Covered with small lavendar flowers early to mid spring. Attractive foliage through the growing season. I've been most successful removing the old leaves shortly after blooming ends, allowing new leaves to take over. Seems to prefer light shade, moist (not wet) soil. I've had success with this plant in SE Pennsylvania and piedmont South Carolina.