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Lungwort Roy Davidson

This shade-loving ground cover plant has dark green leaves spotted with silver; flowers appear in late spring, starting out pink and turning blue as they age. (Pulmonaria longifolia)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 8-12" tall, 18-24" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Late spring
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Common Name Lungwort
Botanical Name Pulmonaria longifolia Roy Davidson
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 8-12" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Dark green leaves with silver spots.
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant
Ships to Canada No
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Roy Davidson lungwort forms an attractive, 8" to 12" high clump that slowly spreads to form a ground cover without being aggressive and overtaking other plants. Its leaves are heavily spotted with silver and the flowers, borne in loose clusters, start out pink and fade to a pale powder blue. This variety is more tolerant of heat and humidity than other varieties as long as soil is kept moist.

Grown as much for their attractive leaves as their flowers, lungworts look best grown in masses as a shady ground cover or combined with hostas, hellebores and ferns in a shady garden. The foliage remains attractive all season as long as the soil isn't allowed to dry out. You can rejuvenate a ragged patch by cutting the stems back by half after flowers fade. The genus name Pulmonaria and common name lungwort refer to the spotted foliage, considered to resemble a diseased lung. (It was once believed that if a plant resembled a particular body part, it had the ability to cure ailments associated with it; pulmonaria was used to treat respiratory problems.)

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Really not okay for zone 9


from Gainesville, Fl.

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        Comments about Lungwort Roy Davidson:

        I gave this three stars but am torn about that. Honestly, it really just seems this plant is NOT meant for zone 9. As spring was JUST starting and the heat hadn't hit, the leaves were just BEAUTIFUL and velvety. But the FIRST day the temps hit an intense upper 80's (may have tipped into 90), the plants were COMPLETELY shriveled to nothing (even in shade). The same thing happened last year. They keep trying to come back and just can't make it. I feel bad for them:/ But I would expect in a more mild climate they would be an absolutely beautiful addition to a shade garden.

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        Perfect in Deep Shade


        from Rochester, NY

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        • Adjusts very quickly
        • Beautiful in shady area
        • Mature plants
        • Rich green groundcover


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          • Beautiful floral colors
          • Blossoms profusely
          • Damp shady area
          • Flourishes-average soil

          Comments about Lungwort Roy Davidson:

          Lungwort Roy Davidson has distinctive, showy foliage and long-lasting beautiful flowers. Plus, it requires no special attention to establish beautifully.

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          Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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