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Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells, a herbaceous perennial native to Eastern North America, grace gardens with their enchanting sky-blue bell-shaped flowers in spring. Thriving in partial to full shade and requiring medium to wet soil, these low-maintenance plants are ideal for woodland gardens, shade gardens, or naturalizing areas. With a tolerance for deer and rabbits, Virginia Bluebells boast showy, fragrant blooms that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, adding a touch of magic and life to any garden landscape.


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Single, 6-Pack, 9-Pack

Common Name

Virginia Bluebells


Herbaceous Perennial




3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Native Range

Eastern North America

Height Range (ft.)

1.00 to 2.00

Spread (ft.)

1.00 to 1.50

Bloom Time


Bloom Description



Full Shade, Part Shade


Medium, Wet



Suggested Use



Deer, Rabbits


Fragrant, Showy


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Product Description

Discover the enchanting beauty of Mertensia virginica, also known as Virginia Bluebells, a captivating addition to any garden. With its graceful nodding clusters of sky-blue bell-shaped flowers and lush foliage, this native perennial brings a touch of woodland charm to your outdoor space.

Why Choose Virginia Bluebells?

  • Charming Aesthetics: The delicate blue blooms of Virginia Bluebells create a picturesque scene in spring, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to your garden.
  • Versatile Landscaping: Perfect for naturalizing woodland areas, shady borders, or moist garden beds, Virginia Bluebells thrive in damp, well-drained soil.
  • Low Maintenance Beauty: Once established, these resilient plants require minimal care and self-seed to form enchanting drifts of color over time.
  • Seasonal Interest: Enjoy the changing hues of Virginia Bluebells as they transition from pinkish buds to vibrant blue flowers, enhancing the visual appeal of your garden.

Growing Tips for Success

  • Light Requirements: Plant in partial to full shade, especially in regions with hot summers, to protect the delicate blooms from scorching sun.
  • Soil Conditions: Virginia Bluebells prefer moist, fertile soil enriched with organic matter; ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
  • Watering Needs: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells or when planting in drier soil types.
  • Spacing Guidelines: Space plants 12-18 inches apart to allow for their spreading habit and to create a lush carpet of blooms.

Design Ideas

Enhance your garden with the serene beauty of Virginia Bluebells. Use them to line pathways, underplant trees, or mix with other shade-loving perennials for a harmonious woodland garden. Their early spring blooms provide vital nectar for pollinators, contributing to a thriving ecosystem in your yard.

Ecological Benefits

In addition to their ornamental value, Virginia Bluebells support local wildlife by attracting pollinators and serving as a food source for certain insects. Their presence enriches the biodiversity of your garden, fostering a healthier natural environment.

Embrace the timeless elegance of Mertensia virginica in your landscape design. Whether adding a touch of woodland magic or supporting local wildlife, Virginia Bluebells are a delightful choice for gardeners seeking beauty and ecological harmony.


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