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Plant Details

Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip

Scientific Name:

Mertensia virginica

Common Name:

Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip

Plant Family

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Habitat Description:

Nutrient-rich, moist, alluvial soils of floodplain forests and thickets (Weakley 2015). Rare throughout NC.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"Foliage dies to the ground by mid-summer as the plant goes dormant." Missouri Botanical Garden, http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e170

Blooms

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© Tammy Kennedy

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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