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Long Flower Bluebells
Mertensia longiflora
About Long Flower Bluebells (Mertensia longiflora) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mertensia longiflora is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common names small bluebells and long bluebells. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Montana, where it grows in several types of habitat. It is a perennial herb producing an erect stem from a branching caudex, approaching 40 centimeters in maximum height. There are a few oval to lance-shaped leaves. The flower cluster is a dense, often crowded cluster of hanging tubular flowers with expanded, bell-like mouths. They are generally bright blue, but may be lavender to pinkish to nearly white, and measure up to 2.5 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.3 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, spring-moist places

Annual Precipitation: 12.2" - 46.8", Summer Precipitation: 1.02" - 1.78", Coldest Month: 28.9" - 34.3", Hottest Month: 53.7" - 61.4", Humidity: 1.50" - 17.21", Elevation: 4594" - 7560"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Long Bluebells, Longflower Bluebell, Small Bluebells

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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