Mertensia
bluebells, lungwort, mertensia
7 species
2 subspecies and varieties
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Mertensia brachycalyxshort-sepaled bluebells
Origin: Native
Mertensia ciliatastreamside bluebells
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Stream banks, wet meadows, damp thickets, and wet cliffs, from the foothills to high elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: June-August
Mertensia longifloratrumpet bluebells, long-flowered lungwort
Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to Montana
Habitat: Drier areas, foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Flowers: April - June
Mertensia oblongifolialanguid lady, leafy lungwort
Distribution: Uncommon east of the Cascades in Washington to California, east to South Dakota
Habitat: Deeper soils in shrub-steppe
Origin: Native
Flowers: June - August
Mertensia paniculatapaniculate bluebells, tall bluebells
Distribution: Alaska to Oregon, east to Montana; also in the Great Lakes region
Habitat: Streambanks and wet meadows at mid-elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Flowers: May - August
var. borealis – tall lungwort
var. paniculata – panicled lungwort
Mertensia platyphyllabroadleaved bluebells, western bluebells
Distribution: Occurring from the west base of the Cascades Mountains to the coast in Washington; Washington south to Oregon.
Habitat: Stream banks and moist, low woods at lower elevations.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Mertensia umbratilisshade bluebells, shade lungwort
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to Oregon.
Habitat: Forest openings and seasonally moist areas at low to middle elevations.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-May