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Mertensia simplicissima
Mertensia simplicissima
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Mertensia simplicissima

Beach Bluebells

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.364.090

Although related to our native Virginia Bluebells, this Japanese species is best suited to the sunny rock garden with a light sandy or gravelly soil. Powdery-blue succulent leaves form a low rosette, with trailing stems of pink buds that open into amazing little sky-blue bells in late spring and early summer. Plants do not become dormant during the summer. Performs best in regions with a cool summer climate. Not for average border conditions and probably best in the hands of more advanced gardeners.

Further details for
Mertensia simplicissima

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Drought Tolerant
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches
   40-50 cm
   16-20 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.