Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr)
Main Color: Blue, Pink / Rose, Purple, White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
24
inches

Spread:

12 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Great for naturalizing in masses in rich, moist soil underneath trees.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows easily in moist, rich, well-drained soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Pink flower buds open to sky blue in March and April. Foliage is blue-green. This plant is a spring ephemeral, meaning the foliage goes dormant in summer. Great for naturalizing in a rich, moist woodland environment.

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