ABOUT LISA BERRY
Brown's or Wild Peony
Great Red Paintbrush
Little Elephant's Head
Red Mountain Heather
Sierra Shooting Star
Scientific Name: Mertensia Ciliata
Common Name: Mountain Bluebells, Chiming Bells,
Lungworts, or Languid Ladies
Color: Usually Blue, but sometimes Pink or Lilac.
Description: Clusters of papery bells with styles that extend beyond the flower tube nod from curving stems with many alternating leaves. The flowers are pink in bud and sometimes retain that color in bloom.
Habitat: Stream banks and moist forest openings or slopes.
Edibility: In moderate amounts, the leaves are edible raw or cooked.
Comments: Mountain Bluebells had been used historically as an experimental treatment for lung disease because of a related species' resemblance to a diseased lung. However, currently it is not used medicinally by modern herbalists.