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Mertensia paniculata var. borealis

Mertensia paniculata (Aiton) G. Don var. borealis (J.F. Macbr.) L.O. Williams

Northern Bluebells, Tall Lungwort

Boraginaceae (Borage family)



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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes, wet cliffs, riverbanks, moist meadows and woods, open forests.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 2 - Fire Effects Information System (2008) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-02-25
Research By: CBR

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