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Virginia Bluebells

Beloved Native Wildflower

In mid-spring, large clusters of bell-shaped, sky blue flowers bloom atop 16- to 24-in. stems. This beloved native wildflower looks particularly striking when planted en masse—or planted next to ferns in full to partially shaded areas. Top choice for beds and borders or shady woodland gardens. Grows 1- to 2 ½-ft. tall. Bareroot. Zones 3-9.
  • Zone 3 - 9
  • Height 12 - 24 inches.
  • Light Required Full to partial shade; light, dappled shade is best.

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  • Botanical Name: Mertensia virginica
  • Height: 12 - 24 inches.
  • Spacing: 12 - 15 inches.
  • Depth: Plant crown 1 inches below soil.
  • Spread: 8 - 10 inches.
  • Sun/Shade: Full to partial shade; light, dappled shade is best.
  • Color: Lavender or pinkish in bud opening up to reveal lavender-blue flowers.
  • Foliage: Upright, rigid stems bear elliptic to obviate leaves up to 6 inches in length.
  • Blooms: Late Spring to early Summer.
  • Form: Upright
  • Flower Form: Nodding clusters of trumpet shaped 1 inch long flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, humus, rich soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: None needed. Allow foliage to die back.
  • Size: 1/4 - 1/2 inch.
  • Comments: Delicate-looking pink buds open to reveal hanging, bell-shaped flowers of porcelain blue in mid spring. This native U.S. species is prized by bees, hummingbirds and butterflies as an early nectar source. Wonderful addition for under trees! One of the best-loved natives. Loose flower clusters arise from the axils of the leaves and stems. This woodland plant looks attractive planted next to ferns. The ferns can do double duty by filling in when the Virginia Bluebells dieback during the hot Summer days.

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