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Mertensia virginica

Virginia bluebells, eastern bluebells

Virginia bluebells lend a festive splash of color to the spring understories in New England, where they are also native. Among the earliest plants to flower, the eponymous blue bells persist for many weeks. Plant in quantity for an amazing spring display.

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Height: 12-18 in
Spread: 10-14 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Additional Attributes
Spring Ephemeral
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution