|Scientific Name||Mertensia alpina||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MEAL7|
|Common Name||Alpine Bluebells||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31665|
Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine (11000 to 14000 ft). Meadows, tundra, rocky open areas.
Plant: Leafy perennial 2 to 8 inches tall, may be branched from base, stems prostrate or upright.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, linear-lanceolate to oblong, 1/2 to 2-3/4 inches long, short hairs on upper surfaces, smooth beneath, lateral veins obscure.
Inflorescence: Clusters of small bell-shaped blossoms about 1/3-inch long atop stems, often pointing upward; corolla tubes with yellowish centers and 5 deep blue lobes; 5 pointed sepals united at base; anthers do not extend beyond tubes.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Montana Field Guide, etal.
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