1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

Virginia bluebells

Mertensia virginica

Clusters of trumpet-shaped blue flowers open in early spring. Flower buds are pink and emerge with a pinkish cast before turning blue. Foliage dies to the ground by mid-summer as the plant goes dormant. Wonderful in mass in moist, shady woodland, wildflower or native plant gardens. Clumps may be sprinkled in borders or rock gardens, but, since plants go dormant in summer, they must be overplanted with annuals or used in conjunction with perennials like ferns and hostas.

Bumblebees can be seen visiting the flowers, pushing their way up flower tubes to reach the early spring nectar. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths are also drawn to the early season food source. NATIVE TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U.S.