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Mertensia paniculata (Tall bluebells)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Mertensia paniculata

Mertensia paniculata (Aiton) G. Don

Tall bluebells, Tall lungwort

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: mepa

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Tall Bluebells is a member of the borage or forget-me-not family (family Boraginaceae). Borages are generally herbs, often covered with bristly hairs.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue

Distribution

USA: AK , AZ , IA , ID , MI , MN , MT , OR , WA , WI
Canada: AB , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

Benefit

Warning: Can be toxic and in some cases fatal to animals. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals. Honey made from these flowers also may be toxic.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACW FAC FAC FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Mertensia paniculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mertensia paniculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mertensia paniculata

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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