How to Grow Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

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Lungwort, or pulmonaria, is a beautiful plant that needs a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Grow lungworts through a mixture of shade and sunlight with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow pulmonaria, or lungwort. And it's a beautiful plant that's from Eurasia. So lungworts are found from Europe all the way through Asia. So there's many different varieties of lungworts, but they all have something in common: They need a temperate climate with distinct seasons. So most of them are hearty from zones six to nine, but there's a few varieties that can go even colder than that. Lungworts can do really well in some shade. They don't want too much shade -- they still need some warmth and some filtered sunlight -- but if you live on the coast or a climate that's not so hot, they can handle full sun in some conditions as well. So you can move them around your garden, and you'll find they'll grow almost anywhere because they're grown all over the globe. Now, they have the name lungwort because they have a lot of medicinal qualities, and it's said that if you had any warts, you could rub the lungwort plant right on the wart and it would go away. So that's how it got that name. And then there's also all types of medicines that are made from lungwort. So you can grow lungwort very easily. You can either take a start of it, start it in the fall or the spring, winter -- any time -- or start them by seed in the spring, and they'll come up in bloom all summer. They have gorgeous little blue-purple flowers all of...all over them, and they're very, very vibrant. They're a great addition to your garden.