This darling little shade loving perennial turns on the charm in mid-spring. Dainty, bell-shaped flowers rise over mounded silver white foliage and transition from pink to purple, then periwinkle blue. As blooms come on this creates a beautiful patterned effect that illuminates the spring garden. Flowers last a few weeks, but once passed you can enjoy the dark green foliage with interesting patterned silver accents. This underutilized perennial grows well in shady gardens as long as you have consistent moisture. It does great among the greens and colored shades of hostas, heuchera, and hellebores with some of the most vivid blooms of any flowering plant.
Pulmonaria can be used in a variety of settings as long as you have consistently moist soil and shade. It works well in rock gardens, border plantings and flower beds that feature trees as part of the arrangement. It looks especially splendid in mass plantings and the flowers can be cut and used in spring floral arrangements or pressed into a pretty pattern.
Photo Credit: Walter Gardens
|Bloom Color:||Brilliant dainty flowers emerge pink, transition to purple, then blue|
|Genus & Species:||Pulmonaria ' Twinkle Toes'|
|Mature Height:||14 to 16 inches|
|Mature Spread:||16 to 18 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||12 to 14 inches|
|Planting Depth:||Crown of plant level with the soil surface|
|Planting Time:||Spring/Fall planting|
|Soil Type:||moist soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well.|
|Sun Exposure:||Part shade to full shade (< 6 hours)|
|Zone:||3 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Pulmonaria ' Twinkle Toes'
Pulmonaria appreciate a rich soil that is high in organic matter and retains moisture well. Mulching will greatly enhance the success of the plant. If conditions get too dry the plant will struggle and suffer from powered mildew and browned rolled leaves (scorch). clean up the plant in early spring by removing any old or damaged foliage. If plants suffer from powdery mildew or struggle you can cut them back to soil level and ensure they are receiving enough water. Pulmonaria will grow and spread through rhizomes, so after a few years the plant will grow into a nice patch of foliage.