Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


931

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare south of VA

Look for it in nutrient-rich, moist, alluvial soils of floodplain forests & thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue
Bisexual
5-parted calyx
5-lobed funnelform or trumpet-shaped corolla
5 stamens, fused to corolla tube
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales? order assignment uncertain

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Mertensia virginica   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mertensia virginica   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 161-10-001:
Mertensia virginica   FAMILY Boraginaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mevi3_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mevi3_009_lvd

        

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk931_a

March        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_mertensia_virginica_6

March        

Calyx 5-parted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Ed Pivorun    ebp090404_4846

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm0404e_07

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves pale green, elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm080421_048

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Style filiform, long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_mertensia_virginica

April        

Terminal clusters of pink buds unfold into porcelain-blue long-necked bells, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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Steve Marlow    snm090405_006

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

Flowers ~ 1" long, tubular, abruptly enlarged into a cup w 5 shallow lobes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Tim Spira    tpsmvirginica

April        

The flowers are pink at first, then blue, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Tim Spira    tpsmvirginica2

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm160502_085

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Basal lvs long-petiolate, upper& middle cauline lvs short-petiolate to sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.