Chiming Bells, Mountain Bluebell
Resemble giant-size forget-me-nots (Myosotis) and belong to the same family. Plants emerge and flower early, then go dormant soon after going to seed (usually before midsummer). Typically smooth, gray-green or blue-green leaves. Nodding, bell-shaped flowers are carried in gradually uncoiling clusters. Buds are pink or lavender, openingto blue flowers that sometimeshave a pinkish cast. Goodin woodland gardens.
Provide moist, rich soil. Use summer annuals to fill voidafter plants die back. Clumpscan be left in place indefinitely;they will slowly spread. Toincrease a planting, transplantvolunteer seedlings or dig anddivide the clump in early fall.Mertensia ciliata
Native to dampplaces in the Rocky Mountainsand the Blue Mountains of Oregon.To 3 ft. high and 1 ft. wide,with 1/2–3/4-in. flowers. Severalother species, most of themlower growing than M. ciliata,also are native to mountainousareas of the West.
Flower heads to 2 in. wide, borne singly on 1–1 1/2-ft. stems above a footwide foliage clump. Usually ...
Native to eastern North America. Round headed, to 25–30 ft. tall and wide, sometimes larger; can be si...
Native fromAlaska to Northern California,east to the Rocky Mountains.Dark green leaves divided intothr...