Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet' PP 20,059
Silver Bouquet Lungwort
Item #: 8623
Zones: 3a to 8b
Height: 6" tall
We're entranced by the solid silver-leaf lungworts, and it's hard to find one any better than Terra Nova's 2009 hybrid, Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet'. In our trials, Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet' makes a scrumptious 6" tall x 2' wide deer-resistant clump of 1' long, shiny, silver, mildew-resistant foliage...lovely enough to grow even without flowers. In late winter, the new growth begins to emerge, topped with clusters of bubblegum-like flowers of blue and pink that hover just above the foliage. Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet' has a strong background of Pulmonaria longifolia v. cevennensis, which gives it excellent heat tolerance. Moist soils and good drainage ensure the best success.
Pulmonarias are evergreen herbaceous perennials. They are grown as much for their spring floral display as for their evergreen silver spotted or entirely silvered foliage. Spent flower stalks are not attractive and need to be removed so the foliage can once again take center stage. They are readily cut down low enough so they are out of sight. If allowed to go to the seed they can produce seedlings which will not be true to type.
Regular division is not required but division is a means of propagation that the home gardener can employ to increase their display.
Pulmonarias want a bright shady or part shade location with moist well drained soil, neither soggy or dry.
Pulmonarias are entirely worth growing for their early spring floral display. Cobolt blue is the most common flower color for these perennials; a color that is fairly rare amongst flowers. Those cultivars with silver spotted or entirely silvered leaves add color to the shade garden most of the rest of the year and thus are of great value to those wanting color in their shade garden.
Lungworts are a member of the borage family, the Boraginaceae, and not readily eaten by rabbits and deer.
Container Role: Fillers