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.
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