One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bristly herbaceous European plant of the borage family, typically having white-spotted leaves and pink flowers that turn blue as they age.
Genus Pulmonaria, family Boraginaceae: several species, in particular P. officinalis
- ‘Fallen petals from a cluster of pear trees lay like unmelting snowflakes upon the earth; ground ivy, lungwort, and the last bluebells yielded splashes of azure and violet.’
- ‘For instance lungwort, with spotted leaves suggesting pulmonary disease, could be used to cure chest complaints.’
- ‘While exploring the woods near his home, he came across a forest meadow erupting in purple pasqueflowers, blue lungworts, yellow anemones and white corydalis.’
- ‘Around the feet of these plants grow small euphorbias, lungwort and ground cover campanulas, while on the wall behind the rich flowers of clematis Star of India are beginning to open.’
- ‘The spring ephemerals were abundant; he could see primroses, violets, lungwort, and even the delicate blue forget-me-nots as he approached the wetland.’
- ‘For a sophisticated color combo, consider blue lungwort, so named because it was once thought to have medicinal qualities related to the lungs, and the later-flowering pale yellow Narcissus ‘Jenny’.’
- ‘The spotty leaves of Pulmonaria officinalis, or lungwort, indicated it could cure tuberculosis and other afflictions of the lungs.’
- ‘Flowering bulbs such as hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips, along with hellebores, lungworts, and heathers carpet the ground beneath.’
- ‘In the course of a Latin conversation with a Russian bishop, Stellar is told of a legend ‘which relates that God quite suddenly and as though out of the blue came into being of a lungwort leaf’.’
- ‘Plants in other bed are mainly low-growing, shade-loving perennials, such as the hostas, ferns, and lungworts clustered beneath trees.’
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