Mertensia virginica.----Family, Borage. Color, light blue. Calyx, short, deeply 5-parted. Corolla, trumpet-shaped, about 1 inch long. Stamens, 5. Flowers, in loose panicles or clusters, the lower ones with leafy bracts, all on slender pedicels, often drooping. Stem, pale green, erect, 1 to 2 feet high. Leaves, alternate, entire, quite veiny. April and May.

A showy flower, pinkish in bud, purplish blue when in full bloom. River banks. New York to South Carolina and westward. Often cultivated.