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Virginia Bluebells: Mertensia virginiana



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bluebell flowers

Family: Boragaceae

Above: bluebell flowers, Below: bluebell woodland Use: woodlands, shade gardens, beds, borders
bluebell field

Plant: ephemeral, rhizomatous perennial to 2'

Origin: eastern US

: 4 - 8

: Pink buds follwed by sky blue bells dangling above the foliage

Foliage: soft, light green, basal leaves. Becomes floppy in May and quickly fades in June leaving large gaps

: part shade to full sun in moist, rich soil. Spreads quickly by rhizomes and seeds. Evanston lighthouse has a wonderful spring combo of scilla followed by virginia bluebells. 2007, Last Updated June 10, 2007