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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Virginia Bluebells

 
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Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
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 Early to late spring
Size Bag of 3
SKU 1FMERT3

Plant Information

18-24" tall x 18-24" wide, Virginia Bluebells is a beautiful member of the Borage family that all wild gardeners dream. It has attractive 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 is dependably hardy from zones 3 to 8. A great plant for spring blooms in shade in shady spots, Virginia Bluebells like moisture, and will do fine even when planted in deep shade. (Deciduous, not evergreen.)

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1MERTG
1FMERT3 (Bag of 3)
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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
Flower Size 1" flowers
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Time Early 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 oval shaped leaves.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates Wet Sites
Advantages Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information Plant near ponds, bogs or well draining wet areas.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsVirginia Bluebells
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again

I must say, when I first got these bare roots shipped to me, I was not impressed and a little angry, BUT this spring I am surprised to see I have beautiful Blue...Read complete review

I must say, when I first got these bare roots shipped to me, I was not impressed and a little angry, BUT this spring I am surprised to see I have beautiful Blue Bells in my backyard! I didn't think they would produce and man was I wrong. They are beautiful and I will buy these again, as I have a lot of wooded area to plant.

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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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5.0

Beautiful!

By 

from Johnson City, TN

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

    Of the three plants only one bloomed but all had leaves and looked healthy. I have hopes for next year's growth!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By 

    from Springfield, VA

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

      I must say, when I first got these bare roots shipped to me, I was not impressed and a little angry, BUT this spring I am surprised to see I have beautiful Blue Bells in my backyard! I didn't think they would produce and man was I wrong. They are beautiful and I will buy these again, as I have a lot of wooded area to plant.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      An exercise in futility

      By 

      from Hillsborough, NJ

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      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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for naturalizing

      By 

      from Kansas City, MO, zone 5 conditions

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      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

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful in any garden

        By 

        from Cincinnati,OH

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        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.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very healthy specimens.

          By 

          from Ogden Canyon, Utah

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          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

              (3 of 5 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.

              (6 of 6 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

              (4 of 4 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

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              KH

              By 

              from Edwards, CO

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              Comments about American Meadows Virginia Bluebells:

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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 3 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...

              (7 of 8 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.

                (4 of 4 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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