These lovelies are now stirring in the ground, and I watch dutifully as they can go quickly from ‘not much of anything’ to upright clusters of enchanting pink and purple blooms. Pulmonaria (commonly called many names – lungwort, Bethlehem or Jerusalem sage, or spotted dog) is refuted for its dashing foliage. Stiff, hairy leaves can range from lime to olive green with silver spots or splotches or sheen, depending on the species. This perennial offers a striking mix with hosta, coral bells, hellebore and other shade/part shade champions. And though they are not long bloomers, when the dainty bells in varying shades of pink, mauve or white are twinkling atop the rich foliage, it is a spritely addition to the spring show.
Technical stuff – Lungwort/Pulmonaria, hardy perennial to zone 4, height of 8”-18” and spread of 12”-24”, part shade to shade, prefers well drained, moist soil, blooms early to mid-spring, slug resistant.