Chiming Bells, Northern Bluebell, Tall Bluebells, Tall Lungwort
Mertensia paniculata

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Mertensia (mer-TEN-see-uh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 11, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Mertensia paniculata, aka
Chiming Bells, are found in woodland areas and moist clearings from the Brooks Range in Alaska to middle Oregon. In forest burn areas, Chiming Bells and fireweed are the first regrowth.

A member of the borage family, the blossoms of Chiming Bells can be added to salads, and the dried leaves can be steeped for tea.