Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells

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Description

 Mertensia virginica, also known as "Virginia Bluebells" or "Virginia Cowslip", is a beloved eastern US native wildflower. Its pink buds open to nodding clusters of fragrant, 1-inch pastel blue blooms.

A true ephemeral, Mertensia virginica blooms in early spring, while much of the garden has yet to wake up. It then goes dormant until the next spring. It pairs well with later-to-emerge perennials like ferns and hostas, and is gorgeous in mass plantings.

Mentensia virginia Virginia Bluebells fills a very important role as an early food source for native pollinators. Female bumblebees are especially attracted to it as they emerge in early spring.

Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells prefers humus-rich, moist, cool soil in partial to full shade. Plants will self-sow where they are happy and form colonies if allowed.

Characteristics

  • Common Names: Virginia Bluebells, Cowslip
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist
  • Height at Maturity: 24 inches
  • Width at Maturity: 24 inches
  • Bloom Color: Blue
  • Bloom Time: Early spring
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought. Juglone.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

Spring 2023 Shipping Schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.