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PlantFiles: Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage, Jerusalem Sage
Pulmonaria saccharata

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Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Pulmonaria (pul-muh-NARE-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: saccharata (sak-kar-RAY-tuh) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pink
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Silver/Gray

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

Soil pH requirements:
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

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9 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive shadydame On May 14, 2010, shadydame from North Walpole, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I originally purchased 2 of these plants; they did so well in my shady garden that I purchased 3 more. The flowers alone are worth the cost, not to mention the outstanding spotted foliage! Lungwort has been incredibly easy to grow, and seems to self-sow; I found 4+ little plants growing near the original plants this spring alone, so there will be more lungwort in my garden this year! I did notice, after transplanting some of these out front (which is a sunnier location) that they tended to wilt more quickly if not kept moist.

Positive JaneDoeDoe On Dec 9, 2007, JaneDoeDoe from York Haven, PA wrote:

Lungwort is one of my favorite plants! I bought a small plant at a garden center, planted it and was happy with it's growth over several years. Then, disaster struck (or so I thought) when my neighbor had a pen of rabbits get out that ate my lungwort down until I thought I would lose it -- but my photo shows the following year's comeback. Amazing!

Positive Bellisgirl On Mar 22, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this plant for many years; my plant originaly came from a start from my grandmothers garden. Lungwort is a low, mounding perennial that has unusual, and very ornamental, spotted foliage. The adorable flowers open pink, change to purple, then finnaly turn a pritty blue. I devide my plant every few years to keep it healthy.

Positive nevadagdn On Apr 15, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Pulmonarias grow well for me, once established. We have hot summer days, cool summer nights, erratic falls and springs (any and all weather conditions prevail) and cold, dry winters. I plant them in clay to clay loam soil, give them average water and not quite full shade.

Positive Breezymeadow On Apr 15, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a lovely plant that in time will cover the ground with it's unusual silver-spotted leaves in semi-shady, well-draining but moist, areas. The tiny clear pink & clear blue flowers in the spring, both colors present on the same plant at the same time, only add to the delight.

Common name "Lungwort" came from it's medicinal use ages ago, where it was thought that the spotted leaves resembled diseased lungs, & thus could cure diseases of that organ. Today it is considered & used as an ornamental in shade gardens, or as an interesting ornamental addition to an old-time medicinal herb garden, which is how I discovered it. It is by far one of my favorites of the old-time medicinals, many of which aren't very garden-worthy from an attractive viewpoint.

Neutral smiln32 On Apr 14, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Foliage appears to have paint splattered on it. Adorable. Flowers are dainty and trumpet-shaped. Prefers moist soil and partial to full shade.

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 8, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The silvery variegation really lights up the shade garden. The way the flowers turn color is so cute. Can not tolerate much sun or drought. I love this little plant.

Positive SunshineSue On Jul 17, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very attractive plant for full to part shade grown mainly for the foliage which can be mottled or speckled green & white. Flowers in early spring with small white or pale pink blooms. Benefits from being cut-back if it gets floppy. Lovely with Hosta, Creeping Jenny/Moneywort, Impatiens. Has about a 12" to 14" spread & grows about 10" to 12" high.

Positive CanadaGoose On Mar 19, 2003, CanadaGoose from Oakville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Absolutely charming plant for spring. The blue and pink flowers on the same stem are unusual and very attractive. The spotted foliage provides interest once the flowers are finished. Will keep flowering for quite a long time if dead headed frequently.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 19, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

There are many named cultivars in existence. Pulmonarias readily re-seed and sport, making them easy to experiment with.

Neutral kat7 On Apr 26, 2001, kat7 from Bloomingdale, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

slvery spotted leaves
'Mrs Moon'-flowers open pink and turn blue

Regional...

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

Littleton, Colorado
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Sioux City, Iowa
Dracut, Massachusetts
Mathiston, Mississippi
Sparks, Nevada
North Walpole, New Hampshire
Deposit, New York
Himrod, New York
Ithaca, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Lakewood, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
York Haven, Pennsylvania
Bristow, Virginia
Forest, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Muskego, Wisconsin



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