Mertensia paniculata (Tall Lungwort, Bluebells) - photos and description






General: Woodland perennial with stems erect or arching. Entire plant hirsute, foliage is rough to the touch.

Flowers: Flowers are pink when in bud, pale blue when mature, nodding, grow from upper leaf axils, tubular in shape,. We measured flowers to 15 mm long.

Leaves: Basal leaves long-stalked, stem leaves alternate, with short petioles on the lower stem, and sessile on the upper stem. Leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 70 cm, we measured plants to 68 cm tall.

Habitat: Woodlands in the northern parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos June 16th and July 10th in boreal forest Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 300 km north east of Regina, SK, and July 12th in the boreal forest in the Porcupine Hills, 450 km north east of our home in Regina, Saskatchewan.