|Scientific Name||Mertensia brevistyla||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MEBR|
|Common Name||Short-style Bluebells||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31676|
|Family||Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not)||SW Colorado Wildflowers Ref.||Click Here|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane (6300 to 10000 ft). Dryer soils in meadows, lightly-wooded and open areas.
Plant: Erect leafy perennial with single or multiple pubescent stems, 2 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Blue-green stem leaves, alternate, narrowly oblong, elliptic or spatulate, glabrous (hairless) underneath and strigose (rigidly appressed hairs) on the upper surface usually pointing away from the mid-vein of the leaf; usually without evident lateral veins; blades 3/4 to 3-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Usually upright clusters of blue bell-shaped flowers; calyx less than 3/16-inch long, backs pubescent; filaments attached in the corolla tube and the anthers not projecting beyond the throat.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, US Forest Service and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
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