Mertensia virginica – VIRGINIA BLUEBELL

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Favorite spring ephemeral wildflower with smooth bluish-green leaves and clusters of heavenly blue bells with pink buds. This perennial forms nice erect clumps and becomes dormant with upcoming summer (it will apper next spring again). Perfect herbaceous wildflower that will happily self seed in your shade garden, woodland garden or under canopy of big trees. Looks great in combination with yellow flowers of Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), but also with native ferns, Phlox divaricata and many other woodland species of native and non-native perennials. It quickly develops and can form nice colonies that protect lots of wildlife before the leaves start to die back. It is not the top hummingbird plant, but attracts them too.

Blooming time: April-May

Size: 18-24” high x 12-18” wide.

USDA zones : 3 to 8

Culture: Half-sun, half shade, shade, dappled shade, average medium moist soil, somewhat drained

Moisture Needs : medium, medium-moist

Origin: native wildflower to central and eastern parts of USA, in moist, rich woods and river floodplains.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : good plant for pollinators – native bees, bumble-bees, mason bees, giant bee flies, hummingbird moth, butterflies, skippers and sphinx moths.

Attracts Hummingbirds : yes

Pot Size: 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)

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    Posted by Karen Scott on 5th Apr 2021

    Large Healthy plants!