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Longleaf Lungwort, Long-leafed Lungwort, Narrow-leaved Lungwort
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)

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Variegated

Smooth-Textured

Mottled

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.