Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ephemerals
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: neutral, rich
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: lavender, blue
Leaf Color: green, gray-green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, ephemeral, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Mertensia virginicaAlso known as:
From large ovate leaves that emerge almost gray, arises a leafy stem terminated in a cluster of pale blue, bell-shaped flowers that are pink in bud. Beautiful in their short season, Virginia bluebells are ephemeral and totally disappear after flowering.
Mertensia virginica is typically found along stream margins, where it might be subjected to occasional flooding. It is a moisture loving species that is adaptable to most garden environments with filtered light. Virginia bluebells are beautiful massed in woodlands and shade gardens. The large clusters of pale blue flowers create wonderful spring interest, and because the foliage will die back completely in late spring, it can be over-planted with summer blooming annuals or perennials. Blooms from March through May. Zones 5-7
Propagate by division when plant is dormant. For best results from seed, sow immediately after collecting. Otherwise, cold stratification is recommended.
Virginia bluebells are a Mid-Atlantic garden classic.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
- Threatened: MI
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