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Virginia Bluebell


Scientific Name     

Mertensia virginica    L. Pers.

Family Name

Boraginaceae  (Borage family) 

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich, moist or wet woods 

Plant Height:  

20-60 cm tall; erect to slightly ascending; usually multiple stems from base branching near apex

Flower Color:  

lavender/blue

Flower:  

ovary superior with nectar rings at base; 5 stamens adnate at base of corolla tube which is 5 connate petals; 2.5 cm long; nodding 

Inflorescence:  

compact; lateral cymes

Fruit:  

nutlet

Leaves:  

alternate; petioles winged; ovate to slightly rounded; entire; upper leaves reduced becoming bracts at base of peduncles 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

smooth, glaucous (covered with fine, waxy powder) plant with conspicuously veined leaves