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[mer-ten-see-uh, -shee-uh, -shuh] /mərˈtɛn si ə, -ʃi ə, -ʃə/
any of various plants belonging to the genus Mertensia, of the borage family, including the lungworts and the Virginia cowslip.
Origin of mertensia
< New Latin (1797), after Franz Karl Mertens (died 1831), German botanist; see -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have found primroses, phlox, and mertensia on the summit of Long's Peak.

  • After flowering, the forsythia hides the disrobing mertensia with its heavy sheet of foliage.

  • There are a good many kinds of mertensia, natives of the northern hemisphere.

  • The old Pulmonaria (mertensia virginica) is one of the loveliest spring flowers ever introduced.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
  • The newer and more easily grown mertensia sibirica is a lovely plant, taller and flowering longer.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
  • About the middle of the month the Virginian Cowslip (mertensia virginica) begins to turn yellow before dying down.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll

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