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Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

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Native to North America, this perennial plant is one of the prettiest wildflowers. Clusters of small, trumpet-shaped flowers nodding from a single sturdy stem look stunning in any garden location. Blooming starts in early to mid spring with the formation of pink buds that later mature into lavender-blue flowers.

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Light: Full to partial shade
Height: 1-2'
Bloom Time: Spring
Size: Bareroot
Zones: 3 to 9

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Virginia Bluebells Product Details

Botanical Name: Mertensia pulmonaroides
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade
Height/Habit: 12 - 24"
Spread: 8 - 10"
Spacing: 12 - 15"
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Foliage Type: Upright, rigid stems bear elliptic to obovate leaves up to 6" in length.
Flower Form: Nodding clusters of trumpet-shaped 1" long flowers.
Flower Color: Lavender or pinkish in bud opening up to reveal lavender-blue flowers.
Flowering Date: Mid to late spring
Planting Requirements: Light dappled shade.
Soil Requirements: Moist, humus-rich soil is best.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Unique Characteristics: One of the best-loved natives and one of the first signs of spring. Sky-blue flower clusters arise from the axils of the leaves and stem. This woodlander looks especially attractive planted next to ferns. The ferns can do double duty by filling in when the Virginia Bluebells dieback during the hot summer days.
Additional Information: Self seeds under favorable conditions.
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I Didn't Plant It! Review by Mike Schalk - Arvada, CO
Posted on 2015-04-18 19:31:38

I had some of these come up next to some tulips a few years ago and now they are multiplied within the drift of tulips - they look beautiful mixed in with the reds and oranges and really make the tulip colors stand out from the contrast. The Blue Bell leaves are the same color as the tulip leaves and people ask where I got the blue ones from! I would definitely plant more of these for spring color.

Virginia Bluebells Review by Kimberly Crane - Snohomish, WA
Posted on 2014-04-12 14:50:06

Order about 15 of these in 2013 and potted them until the rain let up. They were in pretty bad shape when I planted them. Thought I had seen the last of them but low- and-be-hold they are coming up absolutely wonderfully one year later. I am about the only one who has any in their garden here in the PNW as none of the garden centers have even heard of this flower. I am only too pleased!

Virginia Bluebells Review by Vicki Harmon - Madrid, IA
Posted on 2012-04-04 15:56:07

I had one of these come up in my yard where I have never planted anything. It is so beautiful. I thought maybe it was some kind of weed but a friend said she thought it might be a bluebell. When I looked it up, it matches the description and picture of a Virginia Bluebell perfectly. However it got here, I'm glad it came.

Beautiful Review by Julia - Plainwell, MI
Posted on 2012-04-03 22:29:10

Bought these two years ago and every year they stun my neighbors they bloom with the hellebore the blooms are pinkish blue before they open to full blue and they smell like heaven that is why I am ordering more. love them/care free

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A bluebell wildflower found primarily in wooded areas, this resplendent perennial flower forms a dense bedding of beautiful pale purple to sky blue flowers. A North American native, Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) grow to a height of 18 to 20 inches when watered moderately and planted in rich, peaty soil. They respond best to partial sunlight and can survive temperatures of up to -24 Fahrenheit. Virginia Bluebells, also known as the Virginia Cowslip, boast beautiful blossoms. Beginning as pink buds, they open and mature to small, lovely bell- or trumpet-shaped sky blue flowers. Some petals may remain pink or purple throughout the blooming period, creating a collage of colors on a single stalk. Occasionally a stalk may produce white flowers, but this is not a common occurrence. Blooming begins in the early to mid-spring and lasts as long as mid-summer. Bluebell flowers are approximately one inch long with five petals and five stamens surrounding one central pistil. Butterflies love these flowers and often perch on their rims to sip nectar. Bluebells plant easily and are among the simplest wildflowers to tend, making them a favorite of gardeners. They can be grown from bulbs in partially shaded perennial borders, and in clumps or drifts in a woodland garden. The Virginia Bluebell wildflower is a lively and colorful staple of any wildflower lover's garden!

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