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Pulmonaria saccharata - Mill.
Common Name Jerusalem Sage, Bethlehem lungwort, Lungwort
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and scrub[187]. Shaded positions in deep humus-rich soils[200].
Range Central and southern Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Bloom Color: Blue, Pink. Main Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Rounded.

Pulmonaria saccharata Jerusalem Sage, Bethlehem lungwort, Lungwort

Pulmonaria saccharata Jerusalem Sage, Bethlehem lungwort, Lungwort
Physical Characteristics
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Pulmonaria saccharata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

P. picta.

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The plant is said to be used as a spice[177, 183]. No more details are given.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
A good ground cover plant for a shady position[188, 197]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden. Grows well in any moderately good soil including heavy clay soils[1, 31]. Prefers full to part shade in a moist humus rich soil[200]. Succeeds in the sunless shade of buildings[200]. Dislikes dry soils[200]. Plants growing in shady positions tolerate drought if the soil is rich in humus[190]. The leaves tend to wilt in hot weather when the plant is grown in full sun[190]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. A very ornamental plant[233], it is semi-evergreen, forming small over-wintering rosettes[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. A valuable early nectar source for bees[200]. Plants seen growing in dappled shade at Hilliers Arboretum in April 1999 were self-sowing quite freely[K]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. Special Features: Attractive foliage.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn or after flowering in early summer if the soil is not too dry[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Pulmonaria officinalisLungwort, Common lungwort, Jerusalem Sage, Jerusalem Cowslip23


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