|Scientific Name||Mertensia franciscana||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MEFR2|
|Common Name||Franciscan Bluebells||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31679|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6500 to 10800). Along stream banks, ponds and damp to moist meadows.
Plant: Erect leafy perennial 16 to 40 inches tall, multiple stems, often growing in colonies.
Leaves: Green basal and stem leaves, alternate, ovate to elliptic or lanceolate-ovate, prominent veins; 2 to 4 inches long (basal leaves longer than stem leaves); apparently smooth surfaces--indistinguishabe w/o magnification hairs on upper surface and (sometimes) pustules on lower.
Inflorescence: Clusters of nodding blue, sometimes pink, rarely white, bell-shaped flowers on strigose (short-hairy) pedicels; calyx ~1/6-inch long, divided almost to base with linear-lanceolate lobes ~1/16-inch wide at base and very hairy margins; corolla tube 1/3-inch long or shorter.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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