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

Valuable early nectar plant for insects, and especially bees such as the hairy-footed flower bee

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


Oval pointed leaves are heavily spotted with white

© Tony Gunton