A site for botanists in Hampshire

Welcome to this site, which provides a forum for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) in Hampshire, and acts as the web site for the Hampshire Rare Plant Register project. Much of the activity detailed here is also organised by, or in collaboration with, the Hampshire Flora Group which is run and financially supported by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

New material becomes available here quite often, so check back in the near future. To see what's new on the site and to hear about what's going on, go to the News page.

BSBI Recorders in Hampshire

To contact us by email:

South Hampshire - Martin Rand
North Hampshire - Tony Mundell

Pulmonaria officinalis

Lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis naturalising on a road bank in Cranbury Park near Hursley. Hampshire is well-known for its native populations of Narrow-leaved Lungwort Pulmonaria longifolia, but Pulmonaria officinalis is the most commonly recorded of several Lungworts that also turn up in the wild. Bethlehem-sage Pulmonaria saccharata is just as widely grown and is also escaping. As it's not given in most of the floras and field guides, it may be under-recorded and P. officinalis over-recorded for it. Look out for large silvery "panes" on the leaves rather than spots, and lower leaves that are not heart-shaped at the base.

The early-flowering Red Lungwort Pulmonaria rubra, with dull red flowers, is only rarely seen outside gardens so far. A couple of others to look out for are the rather similar cultivars 'Mawson's Blue' and the very widely sold 'Blue Ensign' with intense blue flowers and unmarked leaves.