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Plant of the week



LUNGWORT gets its name from its green leaves spotted with white, resembling diseased lungs. In sympatheti­c folk medicine, it was used to treat pulmonary infections. This small, springflow­ering herbaceous perennial grows to about 30cm and is a great pollinator. It prefers dappled shade in any moist but well-drained soil.

Its flowers are usually pinkish purple, but this variety with clusters of pure white flowers was found by Vita Sackville-West in her garden at Sissinghur­st.

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