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Pulmonaria rubra 'Redstart'

Lungwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (237912)

Plant details

Lungworts are valuable plants, not only for their pink or blue flowers, but also for their foliage. The clusters of nodding flowers, which attract bees, stand out well against the plain leaves. Plants make good trouble-free ground cover for moist shade; they spread slowly and need little care. 'Redstart' is often one of the first lungworts to flower, with coral-red blooms appearing in mid- to late winter. It has oval, velvety leaves typical of pulmonaria.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Pulmonaria

Species: rubra

Cultivar: Redstart

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


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