Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) [mer-TEN-see-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah]

Other Names Mertensia verginica, Mertensia virginica (unmarked)
Family Boraginaceae
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Where to Find It Virginia Bluebells are native wildflowers which have become garden favorites. The largest amount are found at the north end of the woods along the combined western/central paths, mixed among the Ostrich Fern. There are also a large number to the south of the south path.
How to Recognize It Virginia Bluebells are familiar because they appear in garden settings in Winnetka. In early spring, pink/purple buds open into trumpet-like blue flowers on short slender stalks at the end of branching stems.
Why to Like This native spring ephemeral has gorgeous blue & purple flowers in spring. Both flowers and leaves are edible and can be added to salads or a stir-fry.
Mature Size 18 - 24 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet:
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period March to April
Flower Color Blue
Animals That Use It

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