Mertensia virginica

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Common Name: Virginia Bluebells

Spring sun followed by summer shade, moderately wet to medium moisture level, prefers rich soil but tolerates most soils except rocky and heavy clay, moderately acid to slightly alkaline pH.  12-18 inches height, blooms in spring, blue to lavender flowers, will self-sow.

Germination Code:  C(60), M

Native Region: Middle and East Tennessee

Makes a spectacular show en masse bloom.  Easy to grow.  Foliage dies to ground by mid-summer when plant goes dormant. Attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and moths.

Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty
Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica 3
Photo Courtesy of Jon Moore