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Virginia Bluebells

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Virginia Bluebells features dainty nodding blue bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds. Its attractive pointy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season.

Characteristics

Species:
virginica
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Mertensia
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
should not need pruning
Flower Color:
blue
Flower Bud Color:
fuchsia
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
from mid to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Virginia Bluebells features dainty nodding blue bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds. Its attractive pointy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Virginia Bluebells is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Virginia Bluebells will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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