Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica


Common Name: Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells are a must-have for the simple joy they provide each spring. Buds appear in pink, then open to blue and last for weeks. Early nectar is especially important to native bees and butterflies. Foliage dies back in summer as the plant goes dormant until the next year so plant it with later emerging perennials like Lobelia for continuous color.


Our perennials come nestled in a 4" square CowPot with a free metal plant ID marker. Learn more about why we think CowPots are so awesome here.

  • Features & Care

    Attracts:     Pollinators, Butterflies, Bees

    Resists:     Rabbits

    Zone:         3 - 8

    Height:      12" - 24"

    Width:       12" - 24"
Light:         Part / Full Shade

    Blooms:    Spring

    Flowers:    Aromatic

    Water:       Average needs

    Soil:           Moist, well-drained

    Patio:         Can be grown in a container

    Native:       Native species
    Ephermal:  Plant dies back after blooming

  • How To Plant

    CowPots are made from composted cow manure. As the pot decomposes, it feeds the roots of the plant helping it get off to great start. We like to say the perennials think they're delicious and nutritious! :-)

    You will plant the pot along with the plant! No need to put holes in the pot or remove the bottom. It decomposes faster than all other non-plastic pot options and the roots easily push through.

    Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the soil in the pot matches the soil line in the garden. Ensure that soil is pressed against the pot on all sides and the bottom. Keep the area inside and outside the pot moist (but not soggy) for 3 to 4 weeks until the plant is established. 

  • Shipping Information

    We ship to the 48 continental US states only.

    Spring shipping begins in April and continues until temperatures make shipping prohibitive (typically late June through August). Fall shipping begins in September through mid-October. Shipping may be held up due to cold or hot temperatures, or extreme wet conditions. 

    Check to see that our email address doesn't get sent to your spam folder. Not just because we're a lot of fun to hear from, but so your shipping notification and tracking info comes through, too. :-)

  • Awards, Credits, Patents

    Winner: Award of Garden Merit

    Photo: PixaBay