Also known as
Oyster Leaf, Sea Bluebells, Sea Lungwort, Sea Bugloss, Northern Shorewort, Seaside Smooth-Gromwell, Sea Mertensia
Mertensia maritima upernavik kujalleq 2007-07-25 2 by Kim Hansen (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
3 years to reach maturity
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Oyster Plant Overview
Mertensia maritima is a low-growing, spreading, deciduous perennial species in the Boraginaceae family. It grows along the ground, termed a prostrate habit. Commonly known by the names Oyster Plant, Oyster Leaf, Sea Lungwort and Sea Bluebells, amongst others. This plant produces fleshy leaves up to 10cm in length, coloured blue-grey to green. Flowers are produced in clusters, they are bell-shaped and bright blue in colour, opening from pink buds, appearing from early summer.
Common problems with Oyster Plant
How to propagate Oyster Plant
Divide as new growth starts in spring.
Special features of Oyster Plant
Other uses of Oyster Plant
Grown for their funnel-shaped flowers.