Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells) is a favorite woodland wildflower. This truly breathtaking wildflower produces loose clusters of trumpet-shaped pink flower buds that turn blue when the flower is fully opened. The oval-shaped leaves are alternately located around a thin, smooth single stem that begins curled in shape and extends as it grows into an elegant arch with a showy blossom cluster.
Virginia Bluebells grow well in any garden soil but prefers moist rich soils. Another spring ephemeral, by the end of June the plants are completely dormant. The stems of the plant are subsucculent and nearly hollow so the plant is fragile. If left undisturbed, this species will thrive and form large colonies. This woodlander looks attractive planted next to ferns and hostas.
All of our woodland plants grow naturally on rich, moist forest floors and are perfectly suited for your garden. Add them to an existing wooded area or create your own woodland garden. Dappled shade and humus-rich soil provide perfect growing conditions.