Mertensia virginica--Virginia Bluebells

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Mertensia virginica--Virginia Bluebells

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Mertensia is a tolerant plant producing blue, bell shaped flowers. After blooming the plant dies down by mid- summer leaving a gap in the garden. The plant grows 1 to 2 feet high and is useful for naturalizing. The flower buds are reddish purple before they open to blue flowers. The plants grow in shaded spots and tolerate most soils. A sandy, peaty soil is preferred. Once the plant is established it doesn't like to be disturbed.

Propagation is by seed or division, but seed is more reliable. The best planting time is in October or from March to April.

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