Mertensia virginica
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Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Virginia Bluebells
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: Apr-May
Mature Height: 18" Spacing: 12-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BAREROOT
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Everyone loves Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) for their sapphire blue flowers on 18″ stems that gleam from shady spots in April and May, making them an ideal underplanting for shrubs and trees. Because plants go dormant in summer, they should be planted with clump-forming Ferns such as Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Astilbes, or Hostas that will cover for them until spring returns. Plants thrive in deciduous shade and moist soil, where they will seed themselves to create a charming colony.

For more information on growing Mertensia, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (5 Reviews) Write a Review

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Order arrived in May. The first of these that I ordered arrived as a black and rotted squishy root. Planted immediately but there was never any sign of life.

Contacted Customer Service and they quickly sent a replacement. This too, though it was less squishy, appeared dead - no living growth buds on it. Nevertheless I planted this one too. It is now the end of August and, again there has been no sign of life.
I realize that this is *supposed* to die back in the summer but it should have at least sprouted in the springtime when it was planted. Would not recommend purchasing from this supplier as quality control seems to be lacking.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 4 years ago (08/29/19 02:15PM)

I am sorry to learn the replacement Mertensia have not grown as expected. If you have not already done so please contact Customer Service and a refund will be issued to your form of payment. Here is the contact information:
[email protected]

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Glorious Spring Show

My WV landscape has numerous Virginia Bluebell colonies which have multiplied each year by re-seeding. Through the years I have contributed many of these lovely perennials to my Garden Club’s spring plant sale. It gives me great pleasure to know that they are beautifying many other properties!

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I LOVE these plants!

I planted a dozen of these last fall in a 30 foot shade garden under a very large, old oak tree. They came up reliably this spring and the color really pops with the daffodils and bleeding hearts. In fact, I like them so much, I'm ordering more!

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Delicate flowers, tough constitution

Great combined with daffodils. These can go dormant together for the summer, so they don't compete with trees they are planted under. Very long-lived perennial.

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Spring Awakening

I planted six under an old, tall lilac. They are nested around Hosta and provide early color while the Hosta are just starting up. By the time the Hosta have fully opened the Bluebells have withered and gotten out of the way.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: mer-ten'see-uh  

Partial shade or shade. Plant in evenly moist soil. If you can't tell top from bottom, plant the rootstock horizontally. Plants go dormant by midsummer. Interplant with Ferns or Hostas, which fill the gaps the Bluebells leave behind. Mark their location to avoid damaging roots when digging late in the season.