Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Bluebells enjoy rich, well-drained soils where they can form large colonies over time. Growing fast, the flower shoots quickly give way to some of the most beautiful flowers east of the Mississippi. The flowers start off pink and gradually turn over to their famous shade of light blue as they mature. Bees, especially female Bumblebees that fly in early spring, will often be seen visiting the flowers. Only the largest bees have the ability to push their way up the tube. The real champions of bluebell pollination are butterflies and moths.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 2 feet
Bloom Time - April, May
Bloom Color - Blue
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon.