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Spotted dog (or Jerusalem Cowslip)

Observed: 28th February 2012 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Plants
Spotted dog

Likely to be a garden escapee (since they are just outside a garden!)

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) interacts


Fenwickfield's picture

never heard

I have never heard of those common names for Pulmonaria before quite interesting wonder if there local to your area.


Duxbury Rambler's picture

Common Names

Nor here in Lancashire, I'd love to know how it came by them.

KelsaeJohn's picture

'Un' common names

Hello Sheila,
No these are not locally common names - they come from an old copy of The Reader's Digest encyclopaedia of garden plants and flowers I've had knocking around for years. I suspect these names have a more southerly origin. Richard Mabey, in his wonderful book 'Flora Britannica' gives even more local names e.g 'Jacob's coat', 'Soldiers and sailors' and 'Mary-spilt-the-milk'(which refers to the white-splashed leaves). There is also, apparently, an even older name (now obsolete) of 'Abraham,Isaac and Jacob' which derive from the colour changes in the flower - going from pink to blue "so that the plant is always 'in the motley'".

corylus's picture

Wonderful names

Grigson's Englishman's Flora gives Adam & Eve , so called by gypsies in New Forest,Blue Cowslip,I.O.W.,Josephs & Maries,Lungwort, &Snake's Flower,Hants.Thank you all for the comments. Hazel

Hazel Trevan

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Abraham,Isaac and Jacob

is now used for Trachystemon orientalis which undergoes a similar colour change.