Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells

$14.95
$14.95
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Ships March 4th.

Can be ordered with Trillium Spring Mix and Hellebores. Please do not order with any other plants. Order yours now while it's still available!

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

Care and Growing Tips

Virginia Bluebells are spring ephemerals, meaning they die back after blooming each spring and stay dormant until the next spring. Only cut the foliage back after the leaves are yellowed or brown, so that the plant has ample time to store energy for the next year.

Check out our blog for more gardening tips!

Shipping Info

 

All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

 plants shipped to your door

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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.