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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.