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Opal Lungwort*

Pulmonaria 'Opal'

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Opal Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Opal') at Plants Unlimited

Opal Lungwort flowers

Opal Lungwort flowers

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Opal Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Opal') at Plants Unlimited

Opal Lungwort in bloom

Opal Lungwort in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Lords And Ladies, Bethlehem Sage

Ornamental Features

Opal Lungwort features delicate clusters of sky blue bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive shell pink flower buds. Its attractive narrow leaves remain emerald green in color with distinctive silver spots throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Opal Lungwort is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Opal Lungwort is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Opal Lungwort will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Opal Lungwort is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
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