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Pulmonaria saccarhata ‘Dora Bielefeld’, Lungwort

The flowers of ‘Dora Bielefeld’ are clear, coral-pink and do not age to blue as other Lungwort may. Flowers open when the foliage is only 4-5″ tall and will continue to open as the plant eventually reaches a height of 12-24″ over a span of several weeks. When the flowers are finally finished, the silver-speckled leaves retain their ornamental beauty most of the rest of the year, dying back in winter. Optimum growing conditions for Pulmonaria saccarata ‘Dora Bielefeld’ are light shade with adequate moisture.

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 12-24"
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 Coral-Pink Flowers
Bloomtime March-June

General Information +

Botanical: Lungwort, Bethlehem sage, Cowslip

Common: Lungwort, Bethlehem sage, Cowslip

Family: Boraginaceae

General Characteristics: This species of lungwort is superb for brightening up shady borders or woodland gardens. It makes a good trouble-free, evergreen groundcover, spreading slowly and requiring little care. 'Dora Bielefeld' has silver-spotted, green leaves and from late winter to late spring the pink, funnel-shaped flowers are borne over a long period. Cold-hardy to minus forty to minus thirty degrees, & not much liked by deer, this is a hardy naturalizer that makes a good groundcover plant or specimen perennial. The leaves can clump up to a foot of height, & spread twenty inches.

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 were 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.