Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

A woodland classic–Virginia Bluebells looks incredible when blanketing a shady garden in spring. The variation of blue, purple, and pink flowers is like cotton candy for the eyes. Goes dormant after blooming, giving other shady plants a chance to stand out.


Sun:    Shade, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium, Medium-Wet
Height:    2 feet
Blooms:    April, May
Color:    Blue
Spacing:    1-2′
Zones:    3-8
Benefits:    Pollinators

Design Tips

Since the leaves of Virginia Blue Bells dry up and go dormant in the summer, plant other spring or summer plants in the same area to fill the gaps.

Companion Plants

Wild Blue Phlox
Short’s Aster