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Taxon: Mertensia virginica (L.) Pers. ex Link

Genus: Mertensia
Family: Boraginaceae subfamily: Boraginoideae
Nomen number: 410978
Place of publication: Handbuch 1:580. 1831
Name verified on: 26-May-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 01-Apr-2013
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • bluebells   (Source: F Canada ) – English
  • Roanoke-bells   (Source: Pulmonaria [as M. pulmonarioides]) – English
  • Virginia bluebells   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • Virginia cowslip   (Source: F Canada ) – English
  • mertensia de Virginie   (Source: Zander Ency ) – French
  • virginisches Blauglöckchen   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • also cultivated


  • Bennett, M. 2003. Pulmonarias and the Borage family. 134.
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles. BSBI taxon database (on-line resource).
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Jones, G. N. & G. D. Fuller. 1955. Vascular plants of Illinois.
  • Kartesz, J. T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland.
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.
  • Radford, A. E. et al. 1964. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. [lists as M. virginica (L.) Pers.].
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978–1979. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. [lists as M. virginica (L.) Pers.].
  • Webster's third new international dictionary.


Check other web resources for Mertensia virginica (L.) Pers. ex Link:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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