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Pulmonaria rubra 'David Ward'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Pulmonaria (pul-muh-NARE-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: David Ward

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

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

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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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive redchic01 On Apr 2, 2008, redchic01 from southern willamette valley, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

this plants does great for me. It spreads a little less vigorously than my other pulmonarias... but it does so just fine with little to no help from me. Blooms longer than some of the others too.

Negative Malus2006 On Mar 14, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Not a thriving plant. I tried it twice and it dies every winter. It seem to need a good amount of care, similar to heavily variegated hostas with plenty of sun, right amount of shade, and moisture.

Positive kbads On Aug 30, 2004, kbads from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Just purchased, it's pretty unique looking. I will post an update and pic when I get it established. Tag says dislike by slugs and deer. Coral flowers showcased by cool mint green leaves with bold white edges. I am hoping the light colored foilage will contrast nicely with hosta in my shade bed.
UPDATE: Made it thru it's first winter quite nicely. It does seem to be slower growing than "Mrs. Moon' but my soil leaves so much to be desired! I will post a pic soon.


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

Kirksville, Missouri
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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