bluebells, lungwort, mertensia
7 species
2 subspecies and varieties
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Mertensia amoenabeautiful bluebells, sagebrush bluebells
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in central Washington; central Washington to Montana, south to Wyoming and Utah.
Habitat: Seasonally moist slopes and rocky areas in sagebrush desert.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
Mertensia brachycalyxshort-sepaled bluebells
Origin: Native
Mertensia longifloralong-flowered bluebells, trumpet bluebells, long-flowered lungwort
Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Nevada.
Habitat: Drier areas from low elevation sagebrush deserts to middle elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
Growth Duration: perennial
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
Growth Duration: annual, perennial
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
Growth Duration: perennial
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
Growth Duration: perennial
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
Growth Duration: perennial