Mertensia longiflora sagebrush (small) bluebells
Family ID traits:
- Inner throat of tubular corolla marked by fornices (protruding structure )
- Flower structure often coiled like a scorpion tail.
- Entire plant may be hairy, prickly, or sticky overall.
- Fruit – 4 nutlets around base of style.
Habitat: common in shrub-steppe, often under a shrub canopy. Early spring bloomer