Mertensia maritima

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The common name "oyster plant" refers to the flavor of the succulent tongue-shaped leaves.  You'll get the reference if you taste them, but you might rather want to look at them -- they ARE beautiful, bedecked with a silvery bloom that shimmers in the garden.  The foliage is also the perfect foil to the sprays of little bright blue bell-flowers in late spring.  Native to dunes, cliffs, and other coastal habitats throughout the northern hemisphere, Mertensia maritima likes things well-drained.  Propagated from seed.  Deep 3.5-inch pots.  Zone 4.  Photo: Ryan Hodnett

Sun to light shade; porous soil; 6"x12"; late spring to early summer