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.)
|Item Package Size|
Bag of 1
Pulmonaria rubra Redstart
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Early to late spring
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Dark green leaves.
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Great For Mass Plantings
Good resistance to powdery mildew.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Some parts poisonous if ingested. Toxic to dogs and cats
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|