Mertensia virginica (L.) Pers. ex Link
Family: Boraginaceae
eastern bluebells, Virginia bluebells, Virginia cowslip
Mertensia virginica image
Robert R. Kowal  
Etymology: Mertensia: named after German botanist Franz K. Mertens (1764-1831)
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-26" tall forb, leafy; stems fleshy
Leaves: alternate, hairless, upper leaves with rounded tips and usually stalkless
Flowers: blue to pink (occasionally white), 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, trumpet-shaped, nodding; inflorescence a small, branched cluster (cyme) at the end of the stems on a hairless stalk; blooms May-June
Fruits: nutlet, often wrinkled
Habitat: moist to wet; woods
Conservation Status: Native