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Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. This native plant increases in size each year with almost no care. (Mertensia virginica)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
SKU 1MERTG
This beautiful member of the Borage family is a wild gardeners dream. It has beautiful flowers with pastel pink buds that open into true blue. It spreads, but not too quickly. The plant increases in size each year with almost no care. And its dependably hardy from zones 3 to 8. A great plant for spring bloom in shade. It likes moisture, and will do fine even in deep shade. (Deciduous, not evergreen.)
Associated SKUs
1MERTG
3WF3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
1FMERT3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Virginia Bluebells
Botanical Name Mertensia virginica
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Foliage Blue-green foliage
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsVirginia Bluebells
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The bells are ringin

They are growing well in my patio garden. I like the hue of green that the leaves are. they add a splash of color.

They are growing well in my patio garden. I like the hue of green that the leaves are. they add a splash of color.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disppointed but optimistic

I have an English style garden with lungworts, scillas, bleeding heart, Jacob's ladder, forget-me-nots, ferns, hostas, lilies of the valley, sweet woodruff and Virginia bluebells. From one side, it is...Read complete review

I have an English style garden with lungworts, scillas, bleeding heart, Jacob's ladder, forget-me-nots, ferns, hostas, lilies of the valley, sweet woodruff and Virginia bluebells. From one side, it is gorgeous in early spring. The three new bluebells I ordered will make the other side equally perfect. I hope they bloom next year.

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1.0

An exercise in futility

By 

from Hillsborough, NJ

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

May 7, 2015 (one year ago) I promptly planted the 6 bare roots the sent to me, and not one has emerged. I cannot really express my disappointment.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Great for naturalizing

By 

from Kansas City, MO, zone 5 conditions

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Woods

    Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

    Sometimes difficult to get started, but once you do they are great. Look nice planted in the same bed as bleeding hearts. After they are established, they start popping up a few feet away but are not invasive. I have moved the new plants to a heavily wooded area and they get bigger every year there. Deer don't touch them.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful in any garden

    By 

    from Cincinnati,OH

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

      Beautiful in a formal, cottage or wild natural gardens. They get bigger and thicker every year - and bloom a true blue early spring.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Very healthy specimens.

      By 

      from Ogden Canyon, Utah

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          Planted them last fall and 3 out of 3 came up this spring. I can hardly wait to see the blooms.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Total dud

          By 

          from Northville MI

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          Followed planting directions to the letter - was a bit nervous since stock didn't look very good on arrival. Total waste of time and money.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful pink/blue blooms in spring!

          By 

          from Lancaster, NY

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          One of my favorite spring flowers. I mix with my daffodils around my bird bath. Planted in fall and bloomed the first spring.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Satisfactory

          By 

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          Roots were delivered for fall planting and performed well with existing plants.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          KH

          By 

          from Edwards, CO

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          These arrived very early for our area and still look nice.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Blue bells

          By 

          from Ozona, TX.

          Pros

          • Started growing early
          • They ssurvived the winter
          • Very full and leafy

          Cons

          • Half of them died
          • Hopefully what survived
          • Will carry on and bloom

          Best Uses

          • I put them in a pot

          Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

          I'm sure they would be beautiful in a big garden, they started growing so good, don't know what happened. Hope the rest will bloom...

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Disppointed but optimistic

          By 

          from Uniontown, OH

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • All three roots produced
          • Plants seem healthy

          Cons

          • No flowers this year

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

            I have an English style garden with lungworts, scillas, bleeding heart, Jacob's ladder, forget-me-nots, ferns, hostas, lilies of the valley, sweet woodruff and Virginia bluebells. From one side, it is gorgeous in early spring. The three new bluebells I ordered will make the other side equally perfect. I hope they bloom next year.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The bells are ringin

            By 

            from Northern Virginia

            Pros

            • They are blooming now

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Good for small spaces

              Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

              They are growing well in my patio garden. I like the hue of green that the leaves are. they add a splash of color.

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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