Virginia Bluebell

  • mertensia virginia blue bell plant - cowslip
  • mertensia virginia blue bell plant - cowslip
$4.89
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Under 3 Feet
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Planting Zones 3-10
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Description

Virginia Bluebell can reach a height of one to two feet and have tiny purplish-pink buds

A Review of The Virginia Bluebell Plant 

Virginia bluebell is a natural wildflower found in Virginia's lush forests and river flood areas. It can be found in eastern North America, from New York to Minnesota and Canada. The Virginia Bluebell has lungwort oyster leaf, Virginia cowslip, and eastern bluebells. 

 

 Virginia bluebells can reach a height of one to two feet and have tiny purplish-pink buds. These buds bloom to become sky blue flowers with a sweet fragrance. The sky-blue color is the most prevalent, although bluebells are available in various colors, including pale lilac, white, and pink. These other colors are uncommon but frequent enough that you can typically locate some of them in large plant areas. 

 

 The flowers are about an inch long, blue, and trumpet-shaped, with five distinctive petals. Some varieties have pink or white flowers. The drooping, bell-shaped flowers are five petals merged into a tube. This tube includes five white stamens with light brown anthers and a long, thin white center pistil.

 

 Virginia Bluebells bloom during spring, usually between mid-April and mid-May

 Virginia bluebells bloom during spring, usually between mid-April and mid-May. They cannot self-fertilize and therefore rely on pollinators for reproduction. Because of its trumpet flower shape, butterflies are the most common pollinators of Virginia bluebells. Pollination is more challenging for bumblebees since they must hover next to the flower. Fertilized bluebells produce four seeds on average.

 

 You can plant Virginia bluebells in borders or other beds in your garden, but you must prune them regularly to avoid fading leaves and blank gaps. If they are planted together with other perennials like hosta and astilbe, they fill the blank spaces with time.

 

 In proper environments, these plants are highly competent in forming colonies independently. When strolling in the woods, you may find a length of a bluebell-lined trail which may be surprising. Bluebells have an underground rhizome system as well. That allows them to store energy so that they can grow and spread.

 

 A fun fact about this plant is that its name Mertensia virginica is the scientific name in honor of a German botanist named Franz Carl Mertens. Mertensia was later given to a jellyfish family named after Mertens' son, K. H. Mertens. The jellyfish, like the flowers, have distinctive, beautiful colors.

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