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Virginia Bluebells

( Mertensia virginica )

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Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Cowslip
Boraginaceae
Mertensia
Mertensia virginica
(Linnaeus) Persoon ex Link
ON, QC
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

Partial Shade, Deciduous Shade (Spring Sun)

Sand, Loam, Humus Enriched

Normal, Moist

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Mixedwood Plains

Woodland, Prairie/Meadow/Field, Riparian

Woodland, Prairie/Meadow
Design Considerations

20 cm

60 cm

Apr - Jun

Blue|Purple|Pink

Yes

Yes


No

No

No

No

No

No

Butterflies, Bees

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

Habitat Information: This is a spring ephemeral plant. This is an adaptation of many woodland herbaceous plants whereby the plant comes up well before the forest canopy leafs out in early spring. It flowers and seeds while the open woodland canopy has a lot of bright light and moisture, and goes dormant later in the summer after seeding, dying back almost fully throughout the hot and dry summer months. (Evergreen) Virginia Bluebells are plants that have pale oval leaves, and blue showy flowers (sometimes pinkish) that bloom in the spring. (Johnson, L., Grow Wild!, 1998)


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