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Mountain Bluebells (Mertensia ciliata) flowers

Mountain Bluebells (Mertensia ciliata)

Aliases:  Streamside Bluebells, Tall Fringed Bluebells, Ciliate Lungwort

Family:  Borage (Boraginaceae)

Habitat:  Generally found in wet areas, though it can also be found along the roadside near the McGurk Meadow trailhead. The McGurk Meadow trail itself is a likely place to look for it.

Size:  Up to four feet high.

Flowering Season:   June - August

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Native (see distribution maps for California and US/Canada)

Mertensia ciliata etymology:  The Mertensia genus is named for German botanist Franz Carl Mertens (1764 - 1831). Ciliata is derived from cilius, the Latin word for eyelids or eyelashes, and indicates a plant that has hairs along the fringes or edges of some important part of it.

This Photo:  Along the McGurk Meadow trail, mid July

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  CalPhotos  ·  USDA

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