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Mertensia foliosa
leafy bluebells

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.

Habitat: Deeper soils in sagebrush habitat.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a stout root, the several stems 1-4 dm. tall; herbage glabrous or appressed-pubescent.


Basal leaves petiolate, the blade elliptic to oblanceolate or lance-ovate, 2-15 cm. long and 0.7-6 cm. wide; cauline leaves well-developed, rather numerous, 2.5-7 times as long as wide, becoming sessile above.


Inflorescence congested, many-flowered, terminal; calyx 2.5-6 mm. long, cleft nearly to the base; corolla blue, 5-lobed, 1-2 cm. long, the tube 1.3 to 2 times as long as the slightly expanded limb; filaments broad, longer than the anthers; style equaling the corolla lobes; nutlets attached to the lower half of the style; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube.


4 nutlets.

Accepted Name:
Mertensia foliosa A. Nelson
Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 26(5): 243 (-244). 1899.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Mertensia foliosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Mertensia foliosa checklist entry

OregonFlora: Mertensia foliosa information

E-Flora BC: Mertensia foliosa atlas page

CalPhotos: Mertensia foliosa photos

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