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Lungwort,
Bethlehem Sage


Pulmonaria


Description:

All of these are very hardy, durable plants that require little maintenance and are long lived.  This plant prefers a moist, cool soil that is in a partly shady area.
 
Common Name: Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage, Jerusalem Sage, Joseph's Mary, Spotted Dog
Botanical Name: Pulmonaria
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Pulmonaria will tolerate drought and moist soils but prefers well-drained soils with a pH of neutral to slightly alkaline.
Light Requirements: Partial sun, partial shade, shade
Attributes: Nice foliage; provides a valuable source of nectar for honey bees.
Pests: Aphids, root knot nematodes
Diseases: Crown rot, root rot, gray mold, powdery mildew
Good Companion Plants: Astilbe, Bleeding Heart, Coral Bells, Hosta, Violet
Care: Best time to divide is in the fall.  Keep out of full sun as the plant may burn. If this happens, trim back the damaged leaves. Fertilize with Plant-tone, Miracle Gro or Osmocote.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
To view our catalog or availability, click here

 


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Pulmonaria x 'Apple Frost'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 4a-9a
 
Description:   Very attractive with silver-white marbling on the slightly ruffled leaves.  The flowers start out blue and turn to rose with age.  This compact variety is resistant to mildew, root weevils, spider mites, deer and slugs. 
Bloom Color: Blue & Pink
Bloom Time: April-May
Foliage Color: Green, silvery & variegated
Height: 6-9"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria x 'Berries N' Cream'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 4a-9a
 
Description:  The raspberry-pink flowers make a slight color change towards purple.  Resistant to deer and slugs!
Bloom Color: Pink to purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated green, silver
Height: 6-8"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria long. 'E.B. Anderson'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 6a-9a
 
Description:  Is a favorite with intensely dark blue flowers and long, narrow silvery-white spotted leaves. Prefers moist, cool soil in a partly shaded area.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated silver, white, green
Height: 9-12"
Spread:  


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Pulmonaria longifolia 'Excalibur'
Long-Leafed Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage, Joseph's Mary, Spotted Dog
zones 4a-9a
 
Description:  The brilliant silver foliage is accented by a slight forest green edge.  Pink blooms in spring change to violet blue. Looks very nice with Hosta and Ferns. This variety shows more resistance to milder than others and is also resistant to root weevils and spider mites.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April-June
Foliage Color: Variegated green, silver
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 12-18"


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Pulmonaria 'Gaelic Magic'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 4-11
 
Description:  A new, vigorous Proven Winners introduction with dark green foliage bearing large silver spots.  Flowers in spring change from pink to blue.
Bloom Color: Blue & Pink
Bloom Time: April-May
Foliage Color: Green & silvery-white
Height: 12-16"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria 'Majeste'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Solid silvery-gray leaves with a very narrow green margin characterize this variety.  It's simply luminous!  In late spring, light pink buds pop open to reveal darker bluish-pink flower bells.  Use this plant to lighten up those heavily shaded corners of your garden.
Bloom Color: Bluish-Pink
Bloom Time: April-May
Foliage Color: Silvery-gray & green
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria saccharata 'Margery Fish'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones
 
Description:  The silvery-splashed leaves of this variety make it's foliage very attractive even after its flowers have faded.  The spots on the leaves of 'Margery Fish' are somewhat larger than those found on 'Mrs. Moon' and its growth rate is more vigorous.  Prefers afternoon shade as too much summer sun may burn the foliage. 
Bloom Color: Blue & Pink
Bloom Time: April-May
Foliage Color: Green, silvery & variegated
Height: 9-18"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 3a-9a
 
Description:  An early spring bloomer prized for its attractive silver spotted foliage and funnel-shaped pink flowers that fade to a clear blue, giving the plant a two-toned appearance in both flower and foliage.
Bloom Color: Pink to blue
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated blue, green, silver
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria 'Polar Splash'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones
 
Description:  Clusters of blue buds mature to pink flowers in early spring atop dark green ovate leaves marked with silvery polka dots.  Polar Splash is mildew resistant and more sun tolerant than other selections.  Will also tolerate moist soils and full shade.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green with silver dots
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones
 
Description:  Dazzling raspberry-pink flower clusters dance among the dark green, silver-spotted leaves in late spring.  This variety is characterized by its fairly upright growing habit and profuse flowering abilities.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Silvery
Height: 9-12"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria x 'Silver Streamers'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 4a-9a
 
Description:  More valued for it's foliage than its flowers.  Narrow, lance-shaped, almost pure silver leaves and drooping clusters of funnel-shaped multi-hued blue flowers make this selection a must for any perennial garden! This variety is resistant to mildew, deer and slugs.  Provides a valuable nectar source for honey bees.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Silvery
Height: 9-12"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria sac. 'Sissinghurst White'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 3a-8a
 
Description:  Foliage is spotted silver.  Makes an attractive mound.  Pure white flowers bloom early spring.  Provides a valuable nectar source for honey bees.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated green & silver
Height: 9-18"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain'
Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage
zones 4-9
 
Description:  This superb, brightly silver-spotted beauty will give rise to profuse clusters of large cobalt-blue flowers in spring. A stunner! We feel it is one of the best! Grows into a magnificent landscape specimen.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated green & silver
Height: 12"
Spread: 24"
     
 

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