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Pulmonaria longifolia 'E.B. Anderson'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Pulmonaria (pul-muh-NARE-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: longifolia (lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: E.B. Anderson
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bertram Anderson)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive WNYwillieB On Oct 5, 2008, WNYwillieB from Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent spotted foliage for some of those hard to plant shady spots which might get an occassional dapple of sunshine.

Blossoms start out a medium deep lavender / blue, but change over to a raspberry pink hue as the blue appears to fade with age. (I don't think I have that backwards, but the buds might start out pink. I will watch scrutinously in the spring for this.)

In this neck of the woods, the plant spreads in a desirable fashion without being invasive, undesirable, or requiring additional attention / watering.

The silver spotting on the leaves shows up brilliantly at dusk.

Positive Jennigma On Apr 20, 2008, Jennigma from Elkins Park, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I disagree with the claim that it requires consistent moisture. I have it growing in a bed that gets zero extra water, and gets quite dry. It's slightly shaded in the hottest part of the day because it's on the southern side of a japanese maple, but most of the day it gets full sun. It has colonized very successfully-- the original plant is 3' around.

A couple seeds germinate every year, and I've populated the neighborhood with them. I've just tried root divisions this spring form one of the daughter plants-- hoping to get a bunch of new starts.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 27, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Flowers of this cultivar E.B. Anderson (aka Bertram Anderson) are violet-blue. Leaves to 18" long. Heat and direct sun will wilt/burn leaves, needs shade in hotter zones. Slugs/snails love it, watch for powdery mildew when too wet.


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

Clayton, California
Jonesboro, Georgia
Bloomington, Illinois
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Buffalo, New York (2 reports)
Eden, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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