from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Mertensia, such as the Virginia cowslip, having drooping clusters of tubular, usually blue flowers.
- n. Any of several European plants of the genus Pulmonaria, having long-stalked leaves and coiled clusters of blue or purple flowers and formerly used in treating respiratory disorders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various European plants, of the genus Pulmonaria, that were once used to treat respiratory disorders
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An herb of the genus Pulmonaria (Pulmonaria officinalis), of Europe; -- so called because the spotted appearance of the leaves resembles that of a diseased lung.
- n. Any plant of the genus Mertensia (esp. Mertensia Virginica and Mertensia Sibirica), plants nearly related to Pulmonaria. The American lungwort is Mertensia Virginica, Virginia cowslip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European boraginaceous plant, Pulmonaria officinalis.
- n. An American plant, Mertensia Virginica, of the same family, at first referred to Pulmonaria. M. maritima is the sea-lungwort.
- n. A lichen, Sticta pulmonaria, somewhat resembling in shape a human lung, and formerly regarded as a lung-remedy: same as hazel-crottles.
- n. The toothwort, Lathræa squamaria, a reputed remedy for diseases of the lungs.
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Pulmonaria, or sometimes called lungwort, is one of my all-time favorite perennials for the shade or morning sun, because you get vibrant blooms in the spring, thenyou enjoy the interesting spotted foliage the rest [...] 1 Comment
Pulmonaria, or sometimes called lungwort, is one of my all-time favorite perennials for the shade or morning sun, because you get vibrant blooms in the spring, thenyou enjoy the interesting spotted foliage the rest of the summer.
_ Red beet; name of some other plants, such as lungwort and sorrel. "
They are among the earliest of bees on the wing in spring, waiting only for plants such as lungwort and red dead-nettle to come into flower.
The Missouri Botanical Gardens website said that the plant is sometimes called lungwort because the spotted leaves look like a diseased lung.
May 13th, 2009 at 9:32 am my garden needs some thinning out so when Deb is here next week I can send her over with periwinkle, hosta, daylily, lungwort…let me know!
All over the bank grow tiny wild daffodils, violets and a species of dwarf lungwort.
Meade -- one disadvantage of lungwort in your situation is that dogs just adore the stuff.
For example, the leaves of the lungwort plant, an excellent treatment for upper-respiratory infections and lung ailments, have spotted markings that are characteristic of delicate lung tissue.
For example, the leaves of lungwort resemble the cross section of a lung; it was believed good for lung ailments.
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