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Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’, Lungwort

Little Star’ has large, bright cobalt blue flowers that bloom very early and long, dark green leaves with just a few small spots. I like this one very much for it’s bright blue flowers, a different looking plant from many of the others. Not as attractive in summer as those with more pronounced spotting, but what it lacks in spots it makes up in flower color and appearance. 10-12″ tall. The name refers to the splashes of silver on the lance-shaped leaves. The flowers truly are cobalt blue rising a foot above the ground. This is a gardeners favorite.

Pulmonarias are great plants for the spring garden. They are good to plant under deciduous trees and shrubs and mix in with Hosta and spring bulbs. Plants are tough and adaptable and will take some drought once established. Lungworts make showy ground covers and the newer forms are great specimen plants too. Cut off old flowering stems to prevent seeding and to tidy up the clumps. Plants can also be grown under large clumps of Daylilies and Peonies. They truly look outstanding in large drifts mixed with Ferns and Astilbe. Mass plantings are eye caching and individual plants will, over a few years grow into large clumps.

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Size #1
Height 10-12"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Bright shade or partial shade is preferred; they will not thrive in deep shade.
Foliage Green w/Lighter Spots, Lance-Shaped Leaves
Flower Cobalt Blue Flowers
Bloomtime March-June

General Information +

Botanical: Pulmonaria 'Little Star' Longleafed Lungwort

Common: Lungwort, Bethlehem sage, Cowslip

Family: Boraginaceae

General Characteristics: A hardy plant, it can survive surprising abuse. Pulmonaria are valuable shade to semi shade plants with showy early spring flowers and attractive rosettes of basal leaves. In their native environments the lungworts grow on a wide range of soils from acid to alkaline, dry to wet, sunny to shady, along streams and in mountains. They flower in March before leaves appear, are still flowering in April when the spotted, lance-shaped leaves are reaching their maximum size, and will have flowers recurring right into June.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Pulmonaria do not like real dry soils that are hot. Afternoon sun way wilt plants but they tend to recover in the evening if the soil is not unduly dry. Powdery mildew in dry locations or where the summers are very hot and humid. Slugs and snails might feed on new growth. Plants can self-seed heavily if happy. Plants also are quick to wake up in the spring and may freeze off in a late frost if it is a hard freeze 26F. But light frosts do not effect them. If applying a heavy winter mulch - remember to remove it early and carefully so that the new flowering stems are not damaged.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Plant in humus rich, moist, well draining soils, that are rich and cool. Full to part shade. Divide ever three to five years. Mulch in the fall to protect plants over winter in exposed locations. Water in mid summer to keep plants from going dormant in the summer heat and to keep actively growing. Spray with a fungicide if you wish to control mildew. Pulmonaria should be planted in a somewhat shady area, like under deciduous trees. They like spring sunshine and morning light. They do not like hot afternoon heat- wilting under the intense heat and light of the summer sun. Plants are not that good in hot humid climates, were they will go dormant in summer and begin to grow again in late summer or early fall, when the temperature is cooler. They also suffer from powdery mildew under these conditions.