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lungwort

Herbal medicine
A flowering plant that contains allantoin, mineral salts, mucilage, saponin, silica and tannin; it is astringent and expectorant, and has been used to treat lung disease, haemorrhoids and wounds.

lungwort (lungˑ·wrt),

n Latin name:
Pulmonaria officinalis; part used: leaves; disorders, diarrhea, menstrual conditions; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, anticoagulant medications. Also called
dage of Jerusalem, Jerusalem cowslip, Jerusalem sage, lung moss, lungs of oak, or
spotted comfrey.
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A bee on Pulmonaria - also known as lungwort - among the buttercups | A bee on Pulmonaria - also known as lungwort - among the buttercups
Lungwort is another common name for this– its large spotty leaves were thought to resemble lungs and it was used to treat respiratory disease.
Pulmonarias are grouped together as lungworts and are good herbaceous perennials for shady borders, providing early spring flowers and luxuriant summer foliage.
But grand as the hellebores may be, they're rivalled by the humble pulmonarias, or lungworts.
Some, like my favourites, the pulmonarias or lungworts, flower their socks off even in quite dense shade.
THE leaves of lungworts or pulmonarias range from plain green to those with strikingly patterned leaves splashed with white or silver.
I also have a soft spot for pulmonarias - lungworts - most of which have silver, spotted or edged, semi-evergreen leaves as well as dizzily pretty flowers.
Named pulmonarias or lungworts produce plenty of seedlings but if you want to keep your named varieties, it's better to treat the offspring as weeds.
For maximum impact, plant your bed against a conifer hedge or evergreen backdrop then cover the bare soil with a magical carpet of early-flowering items such as snowdrops, hellebores and lungworts.
This is a relative of the old cottage lungworts with spotty leaves and flowers which change from pink to blue.
LUNGWORTS or pulmonarias with their silver or white-spotted evergreen leaves are invaluable ground cover.