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 (lŭng′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
1. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Pulmonaria, having coiled clusters of blue or purple flowers and formerly used in treating respiratory disorders.
2. Any of various plants of the genus Mertensia, having drooping clusters of tubular, usually blue flowers.


1. (Plants) any of several Eurasian plants of the boraginaceous genus Pulmonaria, esp P. officinalis, which has spotted leaves and clusters of blue or purple flowers: formerly used to treat lung diseases
2. (Plants) any of various boraginaceous plants of the N temperate genus Mertensia, such as Mertensia maritima (sea lungwort), having drooping clusters of tubular usually blue flowers


(ˈlʌŋˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of several plants once believed to cure pulmonary disorders, esp. a European plant, Pulmonaria officinalis, having large spotted leaves and blue flowers.
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I have planted many areas in different gardens specifically with pets in mind, and have been thrilled to see dogs lie in rosemary to relax, cats enjoying rolling in nepeta (the cousin of catnip), and even one old Lab with respiratory problems, choose Lungwort to self medicate with.
Because the shelled nut resembles the brain it was adopted by the practitioners of 'The Doctrine of Signatures' -- a theory that nature indicated some plants could cure certain ailments by the shape of the leaf or seed: ie Lungwort -- first established by Dioscorides and Galen, then further developed by Paracelcus until it reached its zenith in the 17 th century when it was embraced by puritan physicians that believed God had ordered it so.
Pulmonaria officinalis Pulmonaria offifififififificinalis Classic lungwort
Mae'r llwybr yn dilyn ochr yr afon ag mewn dim o dro, roeddwn i'n gweld llabed yr ysgyfaint, y tree lungwort.
There are little gems dotted about, especially in the west wall border: the curious green flowers of Hacquetia epipactus, the baby pink of Primula "Sue Jervis", exotic bells of Fritillaria pyrenaica, the exceptional white flowers of double bloodroot, blues, whites and pinks of different types of lungwort.
On the note Bridget reads two words: "Sea Lungwort.
Many plants and even some lichens are edible (if not tasty) and have medicinal qualities, she explained before popping a bit of lungwort lichen into her mouth.
Peter's Wort, and Joseph and Mary, a popular name for lungwort.
At the time of Ella's illness, particularly in the rural areas where health care was often distant and unaffordable, there was little to be done outside the usual folk remedies (a tea and poultice from the lungwort plant, for example) or superstitious charms such as a ball of the fetid resin from the asafoetida plant worn on a string tied around the neck.