Pulmonaria Shrimps on the Barbie (Lungwort)
Pulmonaria Diana Clare
Pulmonaria are a hardy North American perennial growing in full sun or part shade. The stunningly mottled foliage carry vibrant blooms from late spring through to Autumn. Able to be divided in winter, these clumping ground covers make for a fantastic cottage plant, or carpet of colour.
- HEIGHT: 25cm
- WIDTH: 40cm
- POSITION: Full shade to part shade.
- SUPPLIED AS: Dormant crown
- PLANT DEPTH: Crown to soil level.
- PLANT SPACING: 20cm
- PLANTING WINDOW: June - End August.
- FLOWERING TIME: Summer - Autumn.
- GROWING ZONES: Vic, SA, TAS, NSW ex Sub tropics, QLD cool regions.
- CUT FLOWER: No.
Pulmonaria thrive in a woodland type environment with some protection from the hot summer sun, however, they can handle the full sun but some foliage may suffer leaf scorch on searing summer days. growing well in a rich organic/humus like soil, they are sure to delight for months of the year.
Prepare your beds to a depth of 20cm, making sure the soil is light and fluffy. Plant the crown with the 'roots' down and the crown level or 1-2cm below soil level. Allow 20cm between each crown, however a less full result can be achieved if you choose to plant further apart.
If growing your Pulmonaria in a pot, select a high quality potting mix that is free draining. Some gravel in the base of the pot will assist with any drainage issues. Ensure the crown is well fed and watered right up until dormancy. Pulmonarias in pots have a moderate water requirement.
Pulmonaria DO NOT require refrigeration and are happy to naturalise in the ground for many years. Feed your plants with a liquid fertiliser and some aged manure through out their growing season.