[mer-ten-see-uh, -shee-uh, -shuh]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for mertensia
I have found primroses, phlox, and mertensia on the summit of Long's Peak.The Rocky Mountain Wonderland
Enos A. Mills
After flowering, the forsythia hides the disrobing Mertensia with its heavy sheet of foliage.Making a Garden of Perennials
W. C. Egan
There are a good many kinds of Mertensia, natives of the northern hemisphere.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
The newer and more easily grown Mertensia sibirica is a lovely plant, taller and flowering longer.
The old Pulmonaria (Mertensia virginica) is one of the loveliest spring flowers ever introduced.