Lungwort is a very early spring blooming plant with a somewhat unfortunate common name. So named because the leaves are lung-shaped, lungwort was indeed once used medicinally to treat lung ailments. But today, this plant is known mostly as a perennial landscape flower that will bloom in the early spring before most other flowers. Many gardeners now refer it by its genus name, Pulmonaria. It's a woodland plant and prefers a shady, moist location.Pulmonaria is a low growing plant, although the flower stalks can reach 18 inches. Bees love the blossoms. Its oval, pointed leaves can be solid green of varying intensity or variegated with spots or splashes of white. The leaves have a layer of fuzz on them and the color variations make them look like they were splashed with bleach.