Botanical Name: Mertensia virginica
Brief Description and Notes: This beautiful and native pollinator plant blooms in the warmer times of spring before going dormant in summer. Easily identified by large and smooth leaves and the nodding trumpet-shaped flowers. The buds begin pink and turn blue when they open. If in good conditions, can spread itself easily.
Where To Look For It: Rich and moist partly-shaded areas; woodlands, floodplains, thickets
Ornamental Value: Late spring color, naturalize
Ecological Value & Roles: Pollinated by various bees, butterflies, and birds, including hummingbirds; it is rare in areas where the wet habitat has been endangered
Edibility and Other Human Use: Since this plant is in the Borage family, it might make sense that the leaves and flowers are edible and can be used to garnish salads with some succulent texture.