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Mertensia paniculata - (Aiton.)G.Don.

Common Name Tall bluebells, Alaska tall bluebells, Northern bluebells, Eastwood's bluebells
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods, moist meadows, damp thickets, wet cliffs, riverbanks, dry slopes and burn areas from the foothills to high elevations in the mountains[60, 172].
Range Western N. America - Hudson Bay to Alaska, south to Michigan, Nebraska, Idaho and Washington.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Mertensia paniculata Tall bluebells, Alaska tall bluebells, Northern bluebells, Eastwood


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Mertensia paniculata Tall bluebells, Alaska tall bluebells, Northern bluebells, Eastwood
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Mertensia paniculata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.6 m (2ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Flowers - raw[172]. Leaves - raw or cooked[172]. The leaves are rather hairy and are not so nice when eaten raw[172].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in an ordinary garden soil with some shade[1, 111]. Prefers a deep moist but well-drained humus-rich soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. If the plant is cut down after flowering, it will normally produce another flush of flowers[233]. A very ornamental plant[233], it grows well in open woodland[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[1, 200]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Protect from direct sunlight[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division, with care, in early spring or autumn[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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