Lungwort is a flowering perennial in the Pulmonaria genus. This beauty also goes by the names Blue Lungwort, Common Lungwort, Jerusalem Cowslip, Jerusalem Sage, Mary's Tears, and Our Lady's Milk Drops. Some varieties are evergreen and maintain foliage all year, while others are herbaceous and die back when the weather turns cold. Most cultivars have spotted foliage and lovely, bell-shaped flowers that gently nod. The blooms of some cultivars start a pinkish hue and fade into a purplish blue. Planting Lungwort the correct way ensures you’ll have healthy plants and stunning flowers to enjoy.
What You Need To Plant Lungwort
- Compost or manure
- Garden spade
- Good location
- Water source
Where to Plant Lungwort
Location is important for all plants, especially perennials. Lungwort plants need partial shade to full sun, but they don’t like to compete with other plants for water. Plants in a mixed bed or under a tree canopy will need more watering to stay hydrated. Lungwort planted near buildings or a retaining wall that offers shade will be happier and less needy for water. The soil should be moist and rich and allow drainage. Neutral to alkaline soil supports growth.
Space Lungwort plants 6 to 18 inches apart from other plants and buildings, depending on the cultivar. Lungwort will spread, but it takes time, so be patient. This plant has an upright growth habit and can support itself, so additional support is unnecessary.
Steps To Plant Lungwort
Step 1 - Find a good location for Lungwort that provides adequate sunlight.
Step 2 - Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and amend the soil with organic compost or manure.
Step 3 - Place the root ball in the prepared hole so the top is even with the surrounding ground. Backfill the hole and firmly press the soil into place.
Step 4 - Water the plant so the root ball is saturated.
Step 5 - Apply mulch around the plant to retain moisture and ward off weeds.
When to Plant Lungwort
Plant Lungwort plants in late summer or early fall for best results, although these perennials can be planted in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. Avoid planting Lungwort during early or mid-summer when the temperatures soar. Always water after planting, especially in warm climates.
Lungwort is a clump-forming plant that can be divided every few years or as needed. Transplant Lungwort after the blooms have faded. Late summer or early fall is usually the ideal time to move Lungwort. Dig the plant up and move it to a new location, and water immediately to help the plant acclimate.
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