Virginia Bluebell

Mertensia virginica

[mertensia_virginica]

In one of his earliest observations in his garden dieary, Thomas Jefferson noted on April 16, 1766, "the bluish colored, funnel-formed flower in low grounds in bloom." Also called Mountain Cowslip and Roanoke Bells in the eighteenth century, this is one of our most desirable native perennial flowers. They are easy to grow in shady gardens. By early summer the plant goes completely dormant, but reappears in late winter, putting up tufts of beautiful blue-green foliage.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Blue, Pink Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8 Location at Monticello: East Lawn Planting Conditions: Part Shade Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 1 – May 132003: Apr 4 – May 132004: Mar 29 – May 52005: Apr 5 – May 192006: Mar 31 – May 192007: Apr 6 – May 152008: Apr 10 – May 152009: Mar 27 – May 112010: Apr 6 – May 102011: Mar 16 – May 212012: Mar 26 – May 22013: Apr 11 – May 72014: Apr 11 – May 16