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Mertensia paniculata var. paniculata

Mertensia paniculata (Aiton) G. Don var. paniculata

Tall Bluebells

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Mertensia palmeri, Mertensia pilosa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (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: AK , CT , IA , ID , MI , MN , MT , OR , WA , WI
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NT , ON , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Wet cliffs, riverbanks, streamsides, coniferous swamps, moist woods and meadows, open forests.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 68 - CalPhotos (2020) University of California, Berkeley
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. paniculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mertensia paniculata var. paniculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mertensia paniculata var. paniculata


Record Modified: 2021-03-02
Research By: CBR

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