Lungwort Plants Are a Breath of Fresh Air
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Learn why lungwort plants are such a good match for hummingbirds, how and where to grow lungwort, and which cultivars you shouldn't pass up.
Despite the ugly name, lungwort plants are easy to maintain, low growing and the perfect filler plant for attracting wildlife. The foliage alone is beautiful—the small pointed leaves have gorgeous light speckling. Plus many have beautiful flowers in late spring.
Grow Lungwort Plants for Hummingbirds
It’s no secret that hummingbirds are territorial. So try growing a few of these plants in different spots so the birds share the flowers. You’ll also notice bees and other pollinators visiting the blooms.
Psst—here’s how to grow a pollinator garden.
Where and How to Grow Lungwort
One of lungwort’s biggest benefits is that it grows well in shade or part shade, while many hummingbird plants require full sun. It grows about 16 inches tall and spreads about two feet wide. Plant in fertile to average soil with good drainage.
If you have a lot of shade in your yard, consider these other easy, colorful shade plants to fill out the garden.
Lungwort Cultivars to Try
A new arrival to the garden center, Spot On lungwort’s claim to fame is its salmon-colored buds and blooms that mature to a rich blue, and silver-spotted leaves. Pretty in Pink has the same attributes, just in pink.
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