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Virginia Bluebell

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: 
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Part Shade
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 1 to 2002 May 132003 Apr 4 to 2003 May 132004 Mar 29 to 2004 May 52005 Apr 5 to 2005 May 192006 Mar 31 to 2006 May 192007 Apr 6 to 2007 May 152008 Apr 10 to 2008 May 152009 Mar 27 to 2009 May 112010 Apr 6 to 2010 May 102011 Mar 16 to 2011 May 212012 Mar 26 to 2012 May 22013 Apr 11 to 2013 May 72014 Apr 11 to 2014 May 162015 Apr 22 to 2015 May 11
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