Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica

If you grew up on the east coast of the US, chances are you've seen the breathtaking sight of a forest floor covered in small bell-shaped blue flowers. Those little flowers are the Virginia Bluebell. They litter the east coast in Early Spring, usually bursting through the freshly melted snow. Best when planted in the shade, these native perennials are perfect for your native, cottage, or woodland garden.

Growzone: 3-8

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1 Gallon Pot $32.95

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This Plants Growzone: 3-8
Growing Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 1 to 2 feet
Mature Width: 1 to 1.5 feet
Classification: Perennial
Sunlight: Shade to Part Shade
Habit: Upright, clump forming
Flower Color: Bright Blue, Lavender
Flowering Season: March to April
Foliage: Green
Soil Condition: Prefers rich, organic, deep loamy soil that is moist but well drained.
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Border Plant, Landscape, Mass Planting

Virginia Bluebell Plants For Sale

Virginia Bluebells are a welcome sight in March, marking the start of Spring each year in the eastern U.S. This unique woodland flower, with its blue-pink bell shaped blooms, appear soon after the winter snow melts. Known for being long-lived, this plant expands slowly to form beautiful clumps that return year after year. An early season pollinator favorite, the blooms attract bees, butterflies, skippers, and Sphinx moths. 

A note about planting: Virginia Bluebells go completely dormant in the summer. Planting during Spring is fine, however, if you plant too late in the season, it may take an extra year for blooms to form. Planting Virginia Bluebells in early Fall when the soil is still warm will give the roots time to establish before producing blooms in early Spring.

Please note: Virginia Bluebells my ship while dormant, depending on what time of year you are ordering. 

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Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Virginia Bluebell plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Virginia Bluebell does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.

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