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Virginia bluebells

One of the sweetest spring ephemerals you can have in your garden.

What draws me to Mertensia virginica is the rounded grey-green leaves.  Chameleon-like, the buds are pink, yet open to a beautiful shade of blue.

Mertensia virginica in bud - pixieperennials.com

Mertensia virginica in bud – pixieperennials.com

Native to eastern North America, Virginia bluebells love a shady spot with well-drained soil.  They do not like to be moved; this stresses the Mertensia virginica;  think carefully where to locate them  before planting.  After flowering, the plant goes dormant until next year.  Mark the location for future reference.

Also known as Virginia cowslip, lungwort oyster leaf, and Roanoke bells.