Lungwort, a shade-loving plant with white spots on its leaves.
The lungwort gets its name from the white spots on its leaves, that people thought looked like diseased lungs. “Wort” means “plant.” So, lung-plant.
It’s also sometimes called “boy and girl plant.” Can you guess why?
Medieval herbalists used the plant to treat lung ailments, thinking that anything that looked like a sick lung should heal a sick lung. It didn’t work, though.
The white spots are actually air pockets in the leaves, that help the foliage to stay cool.
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Lungwort: Pulmonaria saccharata