Belongs to: borage family

Lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis

Also known as: victorian cowslip

Best time to see: mid Mar to mid May

Key facts

Early-flowering garden plant with pink bell-shaped flowers, changing gradually to blue

Oval pointed leaves are heavily spotted with white

Introduced from continental Europe and now widely naturalised in woods and beside hedges


Valuable early nectar plant for insects

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Photo © Tony Gunton