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Pulmonaria officinalis ‘Sissinghurst White’, Lungwort

Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’ has delicate, pure-white, funnel-shaped flowers in early spring and white-speckled, bright-green leaves. This dainty pulmonaria is a fabulous shade plant with semi-evergreen foliage which remains attractive. One of the first to flower, it looks lovely alongside dwarf narcissus. Best in a soil that remains moist over summer, since mildew can take hold if the roots dry out. ‘Sissinghurst White’ is a hybrid lungwort cultivar which, like many of the hostas, is perhaps valued more for its attractive foliage than for its flowers. Features low clumps of long-stalked, oval, silvery-white spotted leaves. Flowers typically age to pink. Foliage mound typically grows to 12″ tall and can spread to 20″ wide.

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 9-12"
Spacing 12-20"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade
Foliage Green w/Lighter Silver-White Speckled, Lance-Shaped Leaves
Flower White Funnel-Shaped Flowers
Bloomtime April-May

General Information +

Botanical: Pulmonaria officinalis 'Sissinghurst White'

Common: Lungwort

Family: Boraginaceae

General Characteristics: Lungworts are invaluable perennials for a woodland or wildlife garden, but are equally happy at the front of the border. They are grown for their early flowers, which are attractive to bees, and unusual foliage, often spotted silver or white. Plants make good trouble-free groundcover for moist shade, spreading slowly and requiring little care. Lift and divide large clumps every three to five years after flowering or in autumn. Cut back plants affected by mildew to the ground, water and feed - the plant will regenerate and produce new leaves later in the year.

Use: Best grown in groups or massed as a ground cover in shady areas. Woodland or shade gardens, shaded border areas or shaded areas of rock gardens. Also can be an effective edging plant for shady paths.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Deer Resistant. 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. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. Intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils however. Spreads very slowly by creeping roots, but is not invasive. Divide plants in fall if they become overcrowded. Plant leaves may retain some color in warm winters.