Pulmonaria rubra 'Red Freckles'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Pulmonaria rubra 'Red Freckles'

Plant details

The lungwort is named after its mottled leaves, which were supposed to resemble lungs. Different varieties produce different leaf markings, which look their best in mid spring when putting on fresh growth after flowering. They make excellent ground-cover plants, especially for shady borders. Funnel-shaped flowers are borne in shades of blue, violet, pink, purple, red and white. They're extremely attractive to bees, particularly the hairy footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes.

Pulmonaria rubra 'Red Freckles' is one of the first lungworts to flower, with deep red blooms appearing from mid- to late winter. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Remove old leaves after flowering.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Pulmonaria

Species: rubra

Cultivar: Red Freckles

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

Flowering period: February to May

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