Mertensia virginica

Common name: Virginia Bluebells

Native plant

Virginia Bluebells start with pink flower buds that open to blue in March and April. They will form large colonies in woodland settings that put on a dramatic flowering display. This plant is a true spring ephemeral, and will begin to fade on the first warm day of spring and disappear completely before summer. The flowers are pollinated by long-tongued bees primarily. Other visitors to the flowers include hummingbirds, butterflies, skippers, and Sphinx moths, including hummingbird moth.


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Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 4
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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