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In early spring, the brilliant blue, pink, or white flowers of lungwort bloom despite the coldest chill. The rough basal leaves, spotted or plain, always please and continue to be handsome through the season and into winter. Planted close as a weed-discouraging groundcover, or in borders as edgings or bright accent plants, lungworts are workhorses and retain their good looks. Provide high-humus soil that retains moisture. Although lungwort tolerates dry conditions, be alert for mildew.
The dark fingered leaves of hellebores contrast well with rough spotted lungwort foliage in shade.Primrose
Blooming at the same time, yellow English primroses are good companions for lungwort in light shade.Hosta
The leaves of hosta emerge as the flowers of lungwort are fading and the basal leaves are expanding. Spotted lungwort shows off well against variegated plantain lilies.Holly fern
The upright fronds of Christmas fern provide textural contrast and a little height to a planting of lungwort in light shade.