Longleaf lungwort is a lovely French wildflower of woodland edges, appreciated all the more for its very early flower period, beginning in February to March and extending to May. A member of the borage family, lungwort has coiled clusters of pink to blue flowers (often pink in bud and blue when open). The foliage, which persists all season, is attractively splotched with silvery white, and covered with fine hairs, rendering it immune to slugs. The common name lungwort dates from the period of the doctrine of signatures, when plants were thought to be useful to treat the parts of the body they resembled. The splotched leaves of lungwort were thought to resemble the interior of a lung.
Plant in part shade in average to moist but not swampy soil. Grows about 18 inches tall.
Size: 1 gm