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Mertensia virginica

Native Plants

Virginia Bluebells

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A sure sign of spring’s impending arrival is the masses of bright blue flowers of Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) borne above its fresh green foliage. This herbaceous perennial wildflower happily seeds itself in the garden, quickly forming large drifts. Virginia bluebells grows 18″ tall and thrives in moist, well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to neutral. They prefer a location that offers bright sun in early spring followed by shade later as the forest canopy expands. By summer, Virginia bluebells die back to the ground, allowing other perennials to extend the gardening season. Plant them with Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata), and other woodland wildflowers. Zones 3-9. 

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  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    blue, pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Illinois Wildflowers