Common Lungwort

Pulmonaria officinalis – This is the flower the bees and the hoverflies love to drink from. It is quite an important early flowering plant for spring pollinators. I am always taken how the colour of the flowers vary so differently on the same plant – bi-coloured. You can double-click image to zoom in.

Common Lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis

© Peter Hillman ♦ 16th March 2020 ♦ Back garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

16 thoughts on “Common Lungwort

    1. I normally see some of the early bees flitting about the flowers and feeding from their cups. Hoverflies like to visit, and hopefully as temperatures rise more will visit. Thanks, Steve.

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  1. These really take me back. When my mother had a garden, she always had these in the spring. I always thought the variegated colours were interesting, too.

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    1. I have only ever had one very small cluster in the garden, and it was already here when we moved in almost 30 years ago. The bees always home in on it.

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  2. The flowers are beautiful, but those hairy buds made me curious. Sure enough lungwort is in the same family as borage. I was caught by the scientific name, too, and found this: “Pulmonaria officinalis is a natural plant that has been used around the world for a variety of respiratory ailments, including coughs, colds, bronchial detoxification, fluid retention and even lung diseases such as tuberculosis.” I wonder how it would do against the pulmonary onslaught of the corona virus?

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