Lindelofia longiflora – Himalayan Lungwort
This is the Himalayan Lungwort. As far as we know we have the UK’s ONLY STOCK! We only have a few of them and they are very hard to propagate. Helen will keep trying though. White Himalayan Lungwort looks a bit like Digitalis Mertonensis, but with very different flowers. It has white flowers, unusual amongst the predominantly blue flowers of the lungwort family. It’s easily cultivated in any well-drained humus where it will receive enough sun. Flowers are white, about 1 cm across, in clusters at branch ends. They have blunt spreading petals and 5 short scales in the throat, typical of the Forget-Me-Not family flowers. It is a softly hairy, weak plant, with stalked leaves. Leaves are heart-shaped to elliptic, 2-3 cm long. Stems are leafy, 8-15 cm long. It is found in forests, damp rocks, common in the Devdar forests around Shimla, at altitudes of 1800-3000 m. Flowering: March-May.