- Full Shade to Partial Sun (0 - 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
- Mature Spread 15 - 18 Inches
- Growing Zones 3 - 9
Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica, is a true-blue favorite to behold in spring! This native wildflower makes a memorable appearance in early spring. Nodding clusters of pink buds open into periwinkle-blue, trumpet-shaped flowers on arching 1-2 ft stems. These perennials have smooth, green-gray foliage varying in size from 2-8 inches long, with the longer leaves located at the base of the plant. The erect clumps grow up to 2 ft tall and about 15 inches wide and will go dormant by summer. The lovely periwinkle blue flowers open during late March-May, depending on your growing zone. The long blooming period lasts about 3 weeks. Virginia Bluebells are part of the American Beauties Native Plant program.
The native habitat for Virginia Bluebells is found in moist woodlands and river flood plains. This beauty is a member of the borage family and is hardy in Zones 3-9. The pendulous, terminal flowers can be up to one inch long and are pollinated by hummingbirds, several types of butterflies, moths, and bees. Bluebells are lovely when naturalized with bleeding hearts, daffodils, and spring ephemerals for an inspiring show.
Virginia Bluebells Care
Virginia Bluebells enjoy being planted in rich, well-draining soils, in partial-shade to partial-sun locations. They are easily naturalized in moist, shady woodlands and will form large colonies over time. This lovely native is virtually maintenance-free as long as you provide them with these growing conditions.
Virginia Bluebells can be divided and transplanted to cover a large area. Transplanting of mature plants is best done in early spring or late fall when they are dormant.
Virginia Bluebells Spacing
Find a shady spot in your landscape with rich soil where these beauties can naturalize into a brilliant blue colony. Plant them at least 1 ft apart on center to create a stunning mass display in early spring.
Virginia Bluebells Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9|
|Plant Type: Perennial|
|Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Sun (0 - 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 18 - 24 Inches|
|Mature Spread: 15 - 18 Inches|
|Mature Spacing: 12 - 18 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): Blue|
|Flower Description: Pink Flower Turning To Blue|
|Bloom Period: Mid April|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: N/A|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering|
|Resists: Rabbit, Disease|
|Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds|
|Container Role: N/A|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Specimen or Focal Point|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Native to North America|
|Brand: American Beauties Native Plants|
|Common Name: Virginia Bluebells|
|Other Name(s): Virginia Bluebells|
|Scientific Name: Mertensia virginica|
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.