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Mertensia virginica. (Virginia bluebell)

mertensia virginica

Zone: 3 to 8

Soil: Sand to clay

Light:part sun to shade

Bloom colour: Pink to blue

Bloom period: Early spring

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Moisture: moist in spring

Attracts: Small numbers of bees

Notes: It is native of floodplains where moist and rich soil can be found. However, it can grow in a much wider range of conditions in gardens where it will tolerate sand and summer dryness. It must be given plenty of water during the spring when it is growing. Once the tips of the plant appear above ground, it springs into life fairly quickly and is one of the first plants to flower in the garden. The flowers appear as pink and change to blue. It is one of those plants that must be planted en masse to make an impact although the odd individual at the base of a tree here and there can also be quite enchanting. The plants go dormant during the summer so have something else there to take up some space.

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells
 
Virginia blue bells with leaves