Pulmonaria officinalis


Common Names: Lungwort, Mary's tears, Our Lady's milk drops
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Borage family


The basal leaves are green, cordate, more or less elongated and pointed and always with rounded and often sharply defined white or pale green patches. The upper surface of the leaves has tiny bumps and it is quite hairy. In spring, the plant produces small bunches of flowers. The 5-petals flowers are red or pink at first, later turn to blue-purple during the anthesis, by changing the pH value inside of the petals.

It grows in deciduous and beech mixed forests from the lowlands to the mountains. It prefers fresh and shady areas, nutrient-rich and mostly calcareous, stony or pure clay loam soils, at an altitude of 0–1,500 metres (0–4,921 ft) above sea level. Flowering period extends from March through May.

Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: Pink
 
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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