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Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells

Sun Exposure: Part Sun, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 1 - 2.5 feet

Spread: 1 foot, can form colonies in ideal conditions

Blooms: April, May

Root: Taproot, Fibrous

Habitat: Low-lying damp woods, Floodplains, Stream Terraces, Wooded Bluffs. 

Landscape uses: Woodland garden. Pollinator garden, Deer Resistant

Complimentary Plants: Wood Poppy, Wild Columbine, Wild Ginger

Wildlife Value: Bumblebees, Mason bees, Anthophorid bees, Butterflies and Moths visit the flowers for nectar and/or collect pollen. 

Seed Source: Winona, MN (Prairie Moon seed supplier)

Germination Code: C(60), F


Photo credits: #1 by wackybadger, #2 by wackybadger, #3 by Derek Ramsey, #4 by Cbaile19

Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells

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  • Virginia Bluebells are the most beautiful species of spring ephemerals!  A spring ephemeral is an important plant type - the early blooming flowers feed early emerging pollinators. Ephemeral means that the plant will go dormant during summer - almost appearing as if it disappeared!  This plant thrives in rich, loamy soil and can form colonies of plants over time if it is planted in the ideal environment. This plant grows quite quickly in the spring and bears small pink flower buds that turn a lovely shade of blue as they open.  

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