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Bluebells, Virginia

Mertensia virginica

A tall plant of gentle, unassuming beauty, the Virginia Bluebells is a princess among native flowers. It blooms in spring with bell-shaped blue flowers that hang heavily, bowing the stalks and giving it a weepy appearance. The large leaves, which are a vibrant green, appealing accent the finer-textured flower. This plant is especially eye-catching when planted en masse around a mature tree. The blossoms are especially attractive to bees and butterflies. They grow from 14- 20 inches tall.

The Virginia Bluebell does exceptionally well in full shade and will tolerate partial sun. It is much hardier than it appears, and can be transplanted without damage. However, until the following year, it prefers moist soil, but will tolerate drier soil in summer.

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