• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pulmonaria officinalis

Common lungwort

Common lungwort

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  • Other common names Common lungwort
    Jerusalem sage

    Adam and Eve
    Bedlam cowslip
    Beggar's basket
    Bugloss cowslip
    Jerusalem cowslip
    Lady's cowslip
    Lady's milk
    Mary's honeysuckle
    Mary's tears
    Sage of Bethlehem
    Soldiers and sailors
    Spotted dog
    Virgin Mary's honeysuckle

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  • Genus Pulmonaria can be herbaceous or semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials with terminal clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring, and often strikingly patterned leaves developing in summer

  • Family Boraginaceae / Boraginaceae

  • Species P. officinalis is a semi-evergreen perennial to 30cm tall, with broad leaves spotted freely with greenish-white, and clusters of flowers opening pink and soon changing to blue, in spring

  • Plant range Europe

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in humus-rich, fertile, moist but not waterlogged soil in full or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division after flowering or in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Ground Cover City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Remove old leaves after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be subject to powdery mildews in dry conditions

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