One of the earliest Pulmonaria to flower. Coral-red flowers above unmarked green foliage, from late winter to spring.
Perfect for a dark, shady spot that doesn't get too dry.
A good source of early season food for bees and are very attractive to them, particularly the 'hairy footed flower bee', Anthophora plumipes.
From the Balkans early this century.
Some names describe the former use as a cure for lung ailments, some the colour and shape of the flowers, some the spotting of the leaves and some the contrast of the pink/blue flowers. Used in cottage gardens for centuries and remains deservedly popular. They are not fussy about position, provided it is not too dry and there is some shade.
Common name(s): Red lungwort; Jerusalem Cowslip; Bethlehem Sage; Spotted Virgin; Soldiers and Sailors; Josephs and Marys
Image courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society.