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)

 

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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