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Mertensia virginica

Naturalizes well

One of the earliest perennials, Virginia bluebells blooms along with narcissus and other spring bulbs. This perennial, which has blue-green leaves that appear in early spring, grows up to 2' tall in partial shade. Clusters of pink flower buds turn to bluish purple and open to reveal blue flowers in April. By midsummer, its leaves turn yellow and disappear. Use it as a spring native plant or in the naturalistic garden. 

Mertensia virginica
Virginia bluebells
Family: Borage (Boraginaceae)
Type: Perennial

Mature Size:
1-2 feet

Shape:
upright
  Flower Color:
blue
  Bloom Season:
March-April
May-June
Exposure:
partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moist
  Zones:
3-8
native to the Midwest
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
understory
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