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Mertensia ciliata - (James.)G.Don.

Common Name Mountain Bell, Tall fringed bluebells
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Streambanks, wet meadows, damp thickets and wet cliffs from the foothills to high elevations in the mountains[60, 172].
Range South-western N. America - Oregon to New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Mertensia ciliata Mountain Bell, Tall fringed bluebells


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Mertensia ciliata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 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].

Medicinal Uses



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Antipruritic;  Galactogogue.

The plant is galactogogue[257]. An infusion has been used to increase the milk flow of nursing mothers[257]. An infusion of the powdered root has been used to relieve the itching caused by smallpox and measles[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in an ordinary garden soil with some shade[1, 111]. Requires a moist peaty soil in full sun or light shade[187]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. A very ornamental plant[1].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Mertensia oblongifoliaOblongleaf bluebells10
Mertensia paniculataTall bluebells, Alaska tall bluebells, Northern bluebells, Eastwood's bluebells10
Saxifraga mertensianaWood saxifrage10
Tsuga mertensianaMountain Hemlock12

 

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