|1. Mertensia paniculata.|
|2. Symphytum officinale.|
Looking through a list of Alaska native flowers, I found our blue flowered friend. It is named Mertensia paniculata ("Northern Bluebells" or "Chiming Bells") and grows as a woodland wildflower throughout central Alaska. The flowers and overall growth form of the two species are remarkably similar for not being in the same genus. The two genera are in in the same family, the Boraginaceae, so the similarities make some sense in the end.
I did succeed in collecting seeds for M. paniculata, so I might be able to get further pictures of the species later this season.
- M. paniculata
- S. officinale