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Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

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

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On May 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar grows well in this area, and it's a big seller. It does look good in the spring. But I usually see its foliage disfigured with powdery mildew in summer (Boston, Z6a).

Pulmonaria longifolia cultivars (eg 'Bertram Anderson') have foliage that holds up better through the summer and is less susceptible to powdery mildew.

Consistent moisture through the summer (together with good drainage) helps a lot to keep the foliage in good shape. If it gets mildew, you can cut the foliage to the ground---it will grow back quickly, usually looking a lot healthier.

Positive absinthe27 On May 27, 2014, absinthe27 from Albertville, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Comes back reliably each year, and can be divided every year or two. I have had this in full sun and full shade, and while it did fine in both places, it definitely grows much larger and healthier in shade. The leaves are slightly hairy and rough to the touch.

Positive mysty147 On Jun 1, 2009, mysty147 from Sandy Hook, CT wrote:

Lungwort seems to be nearly indestructible...this plant came pre-planted in a garden already set up by the previous owner of our house.

It gets partial sun and i only water it during the hottest summer months when it looks shriveled....i've even seen it curl up in the sun only to find it looking lush and happy later in the day when the sun has moved on....I highly recommend this lovely plant for a part shade woodland garden as it seems to fit in nicely with with native plants and is hardy and disease resistent....and the deer will not touch it!

Positive valleyrimgirl On Jun 1, 2009, valleyrimgirl from Brandon, MB (Zone 2b) wrote:

Here in my Canadian zone 2b I have all my lungworts, including Mrs. Moon, planted in shade, part shade and also in full sun. They do well in all cases. They do well in normal garden situations, dry or moist. They self seed a bit even though I have mulch on all my beds and I sell the babies at my perennial sale each spring.

Positive enya_34 On Jun 30, 2008, enya_34 from Madison, WI wrote:

The most vigorous cultivar for me, can be divided every other year. Once established can take quite dry conditions. I grow it on a slope on the north side of the house which dries very quickly and the only other group of plants that is really happy there are Epimediums. The only other one that I have see self-sown seedlings from.

Positive ladygardener1 On May 27, 2006, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A farorite of mine, the color of the booms are interesting and pleasing, the leaves add interest to the greens around it. And one of the first perennials to bloom. I find it easy to care for, it is at the base of a large pine tree so I check it when the summer has been dry and hot to see if it is getting enough water.

I have found 3 self-sowen baby plants that I potted up for the nursery to move to an other shaded location of the yard.

Positive hawksridge On May 3, 2006, hawksridge from Richmondville, NY wrote:

This plant is terrific! It is my most beautiful spring-blooming perennial. It has grown quite large since I bought it a few years ago, and I will be dividing it soon to transfer it to other parts of my garden where there is some shade. I have not had one problem with it, no insects or diseases. Even after the flowers fade, the foliage is gorgeous too!!! Run out and get one!!!

Positive renwings On Feb 11, 2006, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This does well even in dry shade.

Positive JRush On Oct 8, 2005, JRush from Guilford, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Enchanting blossoms that change hue as the days pass & pretty mottled foliage make this a perfect addition to a shady garden. Bounces back readily after dividing, & multiplies steadily for sharing. Prefers a moist environment.


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

Guilford, Connecticut
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Lafayette, Indiana
Tracy, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Dracut, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Bellaire, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Kirksville, Missouri
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Crosswicks, New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
Granville, New York
Port Washington, New York
Richmondville, New York
Painesville, Ohio
Shelby, Ohio
Albion, Pennsylvania
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin
Wausau, Wisconsin

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