A native wildflower through much of eastern North America, this delightful perennial pops up in spring with clusters of true-blue flowers. By midsummer, it usually goes dormant (so plant it with a partner such as epimedium or lungwort), but it's worth it for the weeks of bloom and fact that deer leave it alone.
Plant Name: Mertensia pulmonarioides
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide
Zones: 3-7, depending on type
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