Dora Bielefeld

'Pink Haze' Lungwort; or,
Bethlehem Sage


"Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity."

-Emily Dickinson
(1830-1886).

   

Pulmonaria x saccharata 'Pink Haze' was developed by John Ernest Solari & Rosemary Ann Solari, beginning with a chance seedling encountered in a cultivated field in Woking, Surrey, in 1996.

Dora BielefeldThe flowers are about twice the size as those on the most familiar lungworts, & uniquely fully open, plus ruffly all around the edges.

This is definitely not your usual lungwort. The usual lungworts are sometimes called "Soldiers & Sailors" because they go through a major color change from pink buds & pink flowers when first opened, darkening to the most amazing Prussian blue, & frequently there are both bright pink & darkest blue flowers together on one clump.

But for 'Pink Haze' each wide-open bloom will for some while be truly bicolored, with an almost carnival aspect. My chum Martha upon first seeing this bloom laughed that it was a psychedelic paisley groovy & far out with bellbottom pants, a flower out of a flower-child's hallucination.

Blooms begin appearing just before spring, before much foliage is present, & it continues blooming until after foliage is fluffed out into a fountaining mound. When finished flowering, the foliage remains of sufficient interest that these make worthy specimen plants, being mid-green with grey-green speckles.

They are ideal front-border temporate shade-garden plants, preferring moist well-drained soil, but doing pretty well in somewhat droughty conditions if they must. Cold-hardy to Zone 5. Old clumps can be divided in autumn or late winter.

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P. longifolia x angustifolia 'Little Star'

   



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