I am in the St. Johns area of North Portland.

Asked February 21, 2013, 6:49 PM EST

Can you tell me what this plant is? I am almost sure it's a weed, but I do like the color. It's perennial.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for asking about this plant. Though it can have a slightly weedy habit, it is a traditional garden perennial, common lungwort [pulmonaria officinalis]. After blooming, I cut mine back when the leaves get ragged and mildewy. They regrow in a few weeks and look pretty good the rest of the year. They tend to like some summer watering, and shade to part-shade. Left to seed, you'll have more volunteers each year.
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