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Lungwort

Lungwort pulmonaria pixabay Lubera

Whoever wants to do something good for the nectar-seeking insects in the early spring should definitely buy lungwort for the garden. The blue-violet shining blossoms of the common lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) belong to the first spring messengers in March. The funnel-shaped flowers are combined to form a loose cluster. These perennials not only enchant us but they are also highly appreciated by bees and bumblebees.

   
 
   
 

More information about lungwort

 

This spring bloomer is naturally native to the mixed deciduous forests of Europe. With a total of about 20 different species, this perennial flowering plant occurs in the east as far as the Carpathians, and in the south as far as Italy. From the natural habitat of this plant, it is easy to deduce where it feels most at home in the garden. It prefers locations under deciduous shrubs and trees, where it gets enough light in the spring during flowering. Once the leaves on the trees have finally sprouted, it likes to be satisfied with partial shade for the rest of the season. It also thrives well in borders on the north side of the house. Wherever it likes it, this plant forms dense carpets over time. Even though cowslip and lungwort are not botanically related, the optical similarity of the flowers cannot be denied. The lungwort belongs to the family Boraginaceae, which manifests itself in the hairy leaves. The native spotted types, also known as common lungwort, stands out with its distinctive white patterned leaves. The shape of the leaves, which can be interpreted as lung-shaped, gave the plant its name, as did its use in folk medicine for respiratory tract diseases. Often different coloured flowers can be found on one plant. Initially pink, later turning blue-violet.

 

 

Buy

 

In the Lubera Shop you can buy the lungwort in different variations. There are special cultivars of different species, such as Pulmonaria officinalis 'Sissinghurst White' or 'Alba' with pure white flowers. These two are excellent for bringing some light into dark garden corners. Pulmonaria rubra 'Salmon Glow' shines in a distinctive, salmon pink colour. Not only the flowers but also the leaf shapes of the different species and varieties differ from each other. Pulmonaria saccharata 'Trevi Fountain', for example, has strikingly narrow, pointed leaves with distinct white spots.

 

Planting

 

Lungwort Pulmonaria pixabay LuberaThis plant likes to join other classic shade plants such as various ferns, barronwort, barren strawberries, hostas or bergenias. The effect is especially beautiful when it is planted in groups in tufts. The individual plants are between 20 and 40 cm high, depending on the species and variety. They like a humusy, nutrient-rich soil that is not too dry. After flowering, which can last until May, it turns into a leafy ornamental shrub and scores with decorative foliage that covers the ground flatly and keeps emerging weeds in check. The distinctive flowers in combination with the soil-covering effect also make it an ideal and easy-care choice for planting graves. A semi-shaded location, which is given in many tree-covered cemeteries, is a prerequisite here as well.

 

As a medicinal plant

 

Is this plant poisonous? No, definitely not! The young leaves and flowers are considered a delicacy and are a welcome, colourful decoration for the first garden salads after the winter. In folk medicine, it is considered to be healing for diseases of the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract. It is also said to have a healing effect on small wounds. Already the universal scholar Hildegard von Bingen (1098 to 1179) attested the lungwort a healing effect. Until today, tea using lungwort is available in combination with other medicinal herbs. The healing effect of the plant seems to be scientifically not proven.

 

Sowing

 

It is also possible to buy seeds and sow them yourself. But the easiest way is to simply buy some of these plants and plant them in your garden. If they like it, they will spread steadily and sow themselves partly without our help. The result? A valuable bee pasture, which fits into the natural garden as well as into the classical ornamental garden. It is indispensable for partially shaded locations. It is up to you whether you buy a special variety or a common type.

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