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 virginica
From eastern U.S. Most widely planted species. To 1–2 ft. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with 1-in. flowers.
Native to eastern North America. High-branched tree to about 100 ft. tall, 70 ft. wide, with round cro...
Native from central SierraNevada to British Columbia. To1–3 ft. high and wide. Ovate toelliptical, dar...
Native from the eastern Mediterraneanregion to Iran. This mat-forming perennial is popular in northwes...