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For the comb jelly, see Mertensia ovum.
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Mertensia virginica (type species)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: incertae sedis
Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Genus: Mertensia
Type species
Mertensia virginica
(L.) Pers. ex Link

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Mertensia is a genus of about 40 species of perennial herbaceous plants with bell-shaped blue flowers opening from pink-tinged buds. This is one of several plants commonly called bluebell.

The genus is named after the German botanist Franz Carl Mertens.


There are about 40 species, including:

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