Virginia Blue Bell-Mertensia virginica Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Part to Full Shade Mature Height - 18-24" Mature Width- up to 24" Bloom Season – Spring (May) Gardener Status- Beginner
Virginia Blue Bells
Virginia Bluebells are nothing short of breathtaking. They grow in clusters of tubular clear-blue flowers that flare out at the mouth from pink buds. To complete their beauty, lance-shape foliage appears purplish-brown in color and will turn a medium green before becoming dormant after blooming. It branches occasionally and the central stem is hairless and normally light green in color. The leaves can get to be up to 7 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide and are light green or greyish green. These do very well with spring bulbs and are a very good choice for borders. Virginia Bluebells typically bloom in early spring to mid spring and will continue to bloom through early to mid summer, depending on the weather conditions. They do best in well-drained soil. They are ideal for filling in the gaps in your garden and their color goes very well with magentas and reds. It is very important to not overwater Virginia Blue Bells, so as to not kill them. Virginia Blue Bells are very tolerant to many different kinds of atmospheres but once established, it is best not to move them, so you should plan where you want them. Virginia Bluebells bloom quite well whether propagated by seed or by division. It's best to plant divisions in October, or wait until spring , preferably March or April. Virginia Bluebells develop very quickly during the spring, after the danger of frost has passed and foliage typically dies down by mid-summer. Virginia Bluebells are cross-pollinated by bees and they also attract butterflies, as they like to come for the nectar that the flowers abundantly produce.