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Pulmonaria longiflora ‘Roy Davidson’, Lungwort

Roy Davidson’ lungwort, is a cheerful, easy perennial and one of the finest perennials available to brighten shady locations. This refined performer will take your breath away. This clump-forming lungwort cultivar, like many of the hostas, is more valued for its attractive foliage than its flowers. Grows typically to 9-18″ high and spreads to 18-24″ wide. Features mostly basal clumps of large, medium green leaves (to 12″ long). The foliage is the winner with this one; the long, narrow leaves are spotted and mottled in silvery white all season long. In the spring, it provides a memorable display of small nodding bright blue, bell-shaped flowers, which emerge from curious hot pink flower buds – the combination is very effective. It is also deer resistant.

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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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 9-18"
Spacing 18-24"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Shade to full shade
Foliage Green with lighter silver speckled, lance-shaped
Flower Pink maturing to sky-blue
Bloomtime April

General Information +

Botanical: Pulmonaria longifolia 'Roy Davidson'

Common: Lungwort

Family: Boraginaceae

General Characteristics: Best grown in groups in shaded areas of the rock garden, border front or woodland garden or massed as a ground cover for smaller areas. Also an excellent edger for shaded areas. Foliage usually remains attractive after bloom and throughout the summer as long as plants continue to receive sufficient moisture. Features mostly basal clumps of large, medium green leaves (to 12" long) with large, silvery spotting. Stem leaves are much smaller. Drooping clusters (terminal cymes) of funnel-shaped flowers bloom in spring.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Slugs and powdery mildew are occasional problems. Leaves can depreciate considerably in extremely hot weather or too much sun.

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. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefer cool soils that are moist and humusy. Must receive constant moisture and not be allowed to dry out, but is very intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils. Spreads very slowly by creeping roots. Divide plants in the fall.