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Mertensia virginica
Mertensia virginica
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Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.364.100

(=M. pulmonarioides) Virginia Bluebells are native to most of Eastern North America where they grow in moist woodland areas. Plants produce upright mounds of grey-green leaves, bearing clusters of dangling pink buds that open into bright sapphire-blue bells. This will become dormant by midsummer, so use other plants to hide any gaps left behind. Hostas and ferns both work well as companions. Once clumps become established they will slowly spread into a small patch, and also reproduce by self seeding. Fairly easily divided in early fall. Tolerant of dry shade during the dormant period.

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Mertensia virginica

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Mid Spring
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Wild Flower
   30-60 cm
   12-23 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate