What is this plant? Spring blooming.

This is in my backyard - it is a prolific grower - might I say - almost a noxious weed in my little microclimate?
what is this plant spring blooming, gardening
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  • Rhonda B Rhonda B on Apr 19, 2014
    It is Pulmonaria-aka Lungwort.
  • NancyLee NancyLee on Apr 19, 2014
    Thank you Rhonda - I WILL.NOT get rid of it! It has medicinal qualities and I'll be adding it to my remedy chest!!
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    • Judy Judy on Apr 21, 2014
      @NancyLee Thanks for the info. I see it's growing with Vinca, which I have in my back yard& is blooming now. Everything around here has just grown wild since my back troubles (my front yard is a mixture of Blackberry, Snowberry & Bracken) but there are still a few pretty spots out there & the air smells heavenly right now. I say it's the dogwoods blooming & Scott says it's the Madrones. Hope you're enjoying it as much as I am whatever it is!
  • Pulmonaria for sure, a lovely plant for the shade garden:)
  • Sara C Sara C on Apr 19, 2014
    very pretty!!!
  • B.J. B B.J. B on Apr 19, 2014
    This is one of my favorite plants for shade and it does very well in our tough Michigan winters. Lungwort flowers also come in different blue and lavender shades. When the flowers fade you just cut them out and enjoy the beautiful foliage. Only drawback is that you need gloves when you are tending to it. My Lungworts are just starting to peak out of the ground now.
  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz on Apr 19, 2014
    Is this hardy in zone 4? And why gloves, does it have thorns? It's very pretty.
  • Laurie M Laurie M on Apr 19, 2014
    I live in zone 5, I've never used gloves, why do you need gloves?
  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Apr 19, 2014
    That is really pretty! I wonder if it will grow in the Texas heat? Does it take a lot of water?
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    • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Apr 20, 2014
      Thanks Judy, Nancy and Douglas! I have a shady spot that it might work in. I really is a beautiful little plant.
  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Apr 20, 2014
    I think its gorgeous, never seen this little beauty before need to find some now.
  • Sue Vasiliauskas Sue Vasiliauskas on Apr 20, 2014
    lungwort, also called william and mary or jack and jill becalue=se of the changing colour of the flowers.
  • NancyLee NancyLee on Apr 20, 2014
    Thanks to all for your information and comments. I'm so happy to have a new herbal remedy! A serendipitous find!!
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    • NancyLee NancyLee on Apr 20, 2014
      @Judy Actually on outskirts of town - across from a park - several plants are in shade at the side of the house. A couple more are in the back and exposed to quite a bit of sun and the soil isn't great - just regular old dirt! The previous owner did all the plantings.
  • Nancy a Butcher Nancy a Butcher on Apr 20, 2014
    Love this flower ..just beautiful !!!
  • Joanne Rago Joanne Rago on Apr 20, 2014
    I had this growing every year under my abavorites. I never planted them, but they spread a made a nice shade border under the tall green shrubs. Loves shade and rich soil.
  • Sue Vasiliauskas Sue Vasiliauskas on Apr 21, 2014
    It does very well in shade, blooms really early inthe spring.
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Apr 21, 2014
    Very pretty. I always wear gloves as our clay-ish soil dries my hands too much. They crack and I can't chance infections. I really think it's a good rule to have when gardening.
  • Andrea Andrea on Apr 21, 2014
    I have this too. Mine is a darker purple. I have it on the east side of the house and it gets morning sun, afternoon shade. Does just fine. I'm in Connecticut and it usually blooms middle of March for me.
  • Julie Johnson Julie Johnson on Apr 21, 2014
    Lungwort doesn't have thorns, but the leaves have prickly hairs that are irritating. I don't usually wear gloves to garden, but I do wear gloves for these!
  • Vicki Wagner Vicki Wagner on Apr 21, 2014
    We call it Trout Lily. Blooms on the first day of trout season every year!
  • Raw32705518 Raw32705518 on Feb 20, 2018
    in Ukraine, about zone 5 climate, this plant grows rampantly in the wild, in moist woodsy areas. It's perhaps native to Eastern Europe??
  • NancyLee NancyLee on Feb 20, 2018
    It is Lungwort - Pulmonaria.....native to Europe and Western Asia.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria. Have never see it in the wild here.
  • Lungwort, a hardy little devil/angel :)