[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mertensia

Historical Examples of mertensia

  • 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 newer and more easily grown Mertensia sibirica is a lovely plant, taller and flowering longer.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson

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

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson