Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ABC Wednesday - D is for Diana Clare

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'Diana Clare' is one of many Pulmonaria hybrids.
She belongs to the Pulmonaria longifolia species.

(This past year's growing season began very very early.
Diana looked like this by mid-April, 2010.
Do you agree she's Darling?
She's one of my favorite early flowering herbaceous perennials!

Pronounced pul-muh-NAIR-ee-uh, the common name is Lungwort.
This plant is suited for zones 3 - 8 and enjoys part to full shade.
It loves humus-rich, moist but well-drained, woodland settings.

Pulmonaria grows and blooms in the early Spring

(Here you see Diana in early-April 2009. She's not very big, yet.)

(April 28, 2008)
Early on, many of her leaves are spotted, but several are not.
As time goes on, she loses those early spotted leaves and the plain ones
grow much longer. This is indicative of those plants belonging to the species P. longifolia.

This photo was taken in October 25, 2009 (forgive the blurriness).
Delightful in the Dappled Shade Garden, 'Diana Clare' is not only Dependable, but she is Deer resistant! Do check out 'Diana' as well as her many Diverse relatives within the Pulmonaria family.

Have a great Day!
---Shady Gardener


Sylvia K said...

Lovely flowers, delightful photos, lots of D words and a great post for the D Day! Hope you're week is going well! Enjoy!

ABC Team

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Sylvia, :-) Things are going well - hope the same for you. Thanks for your visit.

Leslie: said...

Beautiful flower and lovely photos! I wish I knew more about different types of flowers and plants. Have a wonderful week,


chubskulit said...


Want to find out my D, come and see!

Vernz said...

Delicate looking... dropping by for ABC.
ABC Wed Here

Jedediah said...

Ah, so that's what they are called. I have seen them many times, but I never knew their name.

shirl said...

Ah Shady... I've admired this plant in your garden previously. I have Jack Frost as you know, but this one has been on my wish list since I first saw it with you. Great choice for 'D'. Enjoy the rest of your week :-)

Rosemary said...

Decidedly Delightful.

Nutty Gnome said...

I have loads of Pulmonaria, but have never known which variety they were ....but they look just like your 'Diana Clare', spotty leaves and all!
Doubly gratefull for a Delightful post and Definitive Descriptions! :)

Roger Owen Green said...

w hybrids, there must be an almost infinite number of flowers.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Rosey said...

Hi Shady,

Good choice for D. I think that is a divine purple.

PatioPatch said...

A divine Pulmonaria brightening the shady areas with dappled leaves and pretty purples. Your Lungwort is just the tonic as I have a respiratory infection!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Leslie, Gardening gives one a great way to become familiar with plants... and shade gardening is just an added bonus. :-)

Chubskulit, Thanks for your visit.

Vernz, they're much sturdier than they look.

Jedediah, If you're seeing them, you have some very discriminate friends! lol. ;-)

Hi Shirl, It always surprising that we can share some of the same plants... given our locations in the world! :-)

Dear Rosemary, YOU have Delectable at Your site!

Hi Liz, I'm going to echo the sentiments I gave Shirl... it's fun to think we grow and enjoy some of the same plants! :-)

You are so right, Roger!

Rosey, Thanks for your visit. It's a flower that truly warms the heart after a LONG winter. :-)

Laura, I didn't delve into the medicinal aspects of the plant... just didn't want to go where I haven't been, literally. I'm glad you are receiving help!!

Starnitesky said...

One of my favourite flowers, I look forward to seeing them every spring.

Joy said...

Its a pretty version. No idea what mine is but it is very vigorous, must like the clay soil, a treasure indeed.

Shady Gardener said...

Starnitesky, Thank you for your visit!

Joy, We have clay soil, too. This is another reason why I like them so much. :-)

Darla said...


Shady Gardener said...

Hi Darla! You are a Dear. :-)

Patsi said...

You sure do have a selection of shade plants. Did't realize the so many varieties. Cute what you did with the "D"'s.

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks Patsi, I kind of enjoy this meme! Actually, if you click on the link, you'll find a LOT of people participating! ;-)

ShySongbird said...

Every year I see this pretty plant on blogs and intend to buy some and every year I forget :( I really need to try and remember, D for dunce maybe!

Diana is Delightfully Decorative :)

troutbirder said...

Ding Dong Dagnabbit I got to get one of these Darn plants for my shady garden. Seriously!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Shy and troutbirder! I've Deduced your Desire and Determination to Decorate your Domain - Do Deem to Delve towards Diana (or her relatives)! ;-)

Rose said...

Delightful, Shady! This is one shade-loving plant I keep intending to add to my garden, but haven't yet.

Loved your birdfeeders that you made!

Shady Gardener said...

These seem to be pretty hardy plants, Rose. I'm sure you'd enjoy them.
Did your bird feeders "disappear?" Would it have been the birds or the squirrels? :-)