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Mertensia paniculata (Aiton) G. Don
Tall Bluebells, Tall Lungwort
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: About 5 feet tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CT , IA , ID , MI , MN , MT , OR , WA , WI
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NT , ON , QC , SK , YT
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
BenefitWarning: 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
Web ReferenceWebref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Mertensia paniculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mertensia paniculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mertensia paniculata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-15
Research By: TWC Staff