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Mertensia oblongifolia (Oblongleaf bluebells)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Mertensia oblongifolia

Mertensia oblongifolia (Nutt.) G. Don

Oblongleaf Bluebells

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Mertensia bakeri, Mertensia bakeri var. osterhoutii, Mertensia cusickii, Mertensia fusiformis, Mertensia lanceolata var. fendleri, Mertensia lanceolata var. nivalis, Mertensia lanceolata var. pubens, Mertensia lanceolata var. viridis, Mertensia oblongifolia var. amoena, Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis, Mertensia oblongifolia var. oblongifolia, Mertensia oreophila, Mertensia paniculata var. nivalis, Mertensia perplexa, Mertensia toiyabensis, Mertensia viridis, Mertensia viridis var. caelestina, Mertensia viridis var. cana, Mertensia viridis var. cynoglossoides, Mertensia viridis var. parvifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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