Sunday, May 24, 2009

Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica

One of my favourite plants in the garden right now is Virginia Bluebells. This plant has distinctive bell-shaped flowers that start out pink and turn blue as they mature. If this plant resembles Pulmonaria it is because they are in the same family, Boraginaceae. My Virginia Bluebells are in bloom at the moment and I love their clusters of blue flowers! The leaves are large and oval shaped. They are a lovely light green colour that reminds me of spring! They like a partial shady location and enjoy a forest type setting. Mine are growing under the peach tree, but they don't seem to mind.

This plant will continue to flower for several weeks. Then they will die back. Bluebells are ephemeral perennials. That means that their foliage will totally disappear from the garden by July as they go dormant until next spring.

Family: Boraginaceae. Genus: Mertensia. Species: M. virginica
Common name: Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip.

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