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Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica
Virginia bluebells

Common name Virginia bluebells
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue-purple
Size 1-2 ft
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

Floppy fresh-green foliage emerges in early spring, and sprouts long bell-shaped blue flowers (with a little bit of the pulmonaria-like pink-tinging) in late April. Tends to go dormant in the heat of summer, and is reportedly not a favorite with deer.

Mertensia virginica
Interesting post-bloom features
Virginia bluebells
Buds in pink and blue

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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