lung·wort | \ˈləŋ-ˌwərt, -ˌwȯrt\

Definition of lungwort 

: any of several plants (such as a mullein) formerly used in the treatment of respiratory disorders especially : a European herb (Pulmonaria officinalis) of the borage family with hispid leaves and usually bluish flowers

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Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Some of the plants evaluated include shrub roses (Rosa), coral bells (Heuchera), lungwort (Pulmonaria), goldenrod (Solidago or Euthamia) and hydrangea, most of which have been written about in this column. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Totally Tangerine avens brightens Indiana gardens," 19 Jan. 2018 Hostas, coral bells, geraniums, lungwort, hellebores and epimedium are good companions with spring bulbs. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Gardener: Cut back perennials? It's up to you," 20 Oct. 2017 Good candidates for containers include coral bells, lungwort, Japanese painted ferns, maidenhair ferns and small hostas. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Some plants to get excited about this spring," 22 Apr. 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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lung·wort | \-ˌwərt, -ˌwȯ(ə)rt \

Medical Definition of lungwort 

1 : any of several plants formerly used in the treatment of respiratory disorders especially : a European herb (Pulmonaria officinalis) of the borage family (Boraginaceae) with rough hairy leaves and bluish flowers

2 : a widely distributed lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria) formerly used in the treatment of bronchitis and now to some extent in perfumes and in tanning extracts

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