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Mertensia pterocarpa

Mertensia pterocarpa

Common name Japanese bluebells
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4)
Flowers blue
Size 6-12"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Small relative of the Virginia bluebell, which doesn't go dormant over summer. The leaves look like those of miniature blue hostas.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (35%G, 6-10d). Also Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (45%G, 2-12d)
  2. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (32d) - 70F (22%G, 2-7d)

The cold treatment may have been moderately helpful - not enough information to know for sure. Loses viability after a year.

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