Herb latin name: Mertensia longiflora


Family: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)



Edible parts of Mertensia longiflora:

Flowers - raw. Leaves - raw or cooked. The leaves are rather hairy and are not so nice when eaten raw.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
35 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Open or lightly shaded places in plains and foothills, often with sagebrush or ponderosa pine, occasionally to 1500 metres.

Propagation of Mertensia longiflora:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Protect from direct sunlight. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division, with care, in early spring or autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Open or lightly shaded places in plains and foothills, often with sagebrush or ponderosa pine, occasionally to 1500 metres.

Medicinal use of Mertensia longiflora:

None known

Known hazards of Mertensia longiflora:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.