Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
    Borage Family
    Virginia Bluebells is an ephemeral wildflower found in shady, moist woodlands. Bluebells begin emerging at the first sign of spring, often in late February/early March. Foliage is a deep purple at first, but quickly changes to a soft green. The spinach-like leaves are large, up to 7”, and floppy. Drooping, bell-shaped clusters of flowers are held just above the leaves. Flowers are pink upon first emerging and turn a bright blue with age. This ombre color change is one of the most striking characteristics of this wildflower. Shady conditions, with rich, moist soil are ideal, but can adapt to somewhat more average soil. Can spread to form large colonies over time when happy. Plants will also readily self-sow. This is a true spring ephemeral that will go dormant in the summer (will go dormant faster in more sun and dry soil). Plant with other woodland species that will fill in the gaps made after Bluebells go dormant. Ferns, Eastern Columbine, Green and Gold, Canada Wild Ginger, Bleeding Heart, Woodland Phlox, Jacob's Ladder, and Zigzag Goldenrod all make good companion plants.

    Blooms: Blue/Pink, 2-3 weeks, Mar-Apr
    Leaves:Light green, spinach-like, floppy, newly emerged leaves are deep purple, will go dormant in summer
    Space: 12-18”
     Average-Moist, rich 
    Exposure: Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Long tongue bees, flies, butterflies
    Seeds: Lobed capsule that contains brown nutlets
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon across state
    Provenance:TN, seed and asexually propagated