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Mertensia

Mertensia spp.

Mertensia virginica.bbg by User:Nafsadh (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Mertensia Overview

A genus of between 45 and 62 species of herbaceous perennial plants in the Boraginaceae family native to North America and parts of Asia with a centre of diversity in the Rocky Mountains where they inhabit alpine, subalpine and montane zones. They have usually grey-green or glaucus leaves and tubular or open-trumpet shaped blue flowers. Commonly cultivated species such as M. virginica have become naturalised in parts of Europe. They prefer a shady spot.

Common problems with Mertensia

How to propagate Mertensia

Division

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Seed

Seed in the autumn.

Other uses of Mertensia

Grown for their funnel-shaped flowers.

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