Mertensia ciliata
Tall Chiming Bells
A Colorado Native Subalpine Species
Boraginaceae or Forget-Me-Not Family
24 to 36 inches tall - blue with pink blush
Full sun to part shade
Wet, humus-rich soil
Late Spring
Propagate by seed or division
Photos by Jane Hendrix
A relative of Forget-Me-Not, Tall Chiming Bells is an indicator in the wild of boggy soil. Its blue-green leaves nicely set off the deep blue flowers that age to pink. Tall Chiming Bells spreads by rhizomes and can be aggressive in a small garden. Give this plant the space it needs and keep the soil constantly wet. A mature specimen will attain the height of 24-36 inches.