- Blue Bells are native to Missouri and belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It requires medium water and maintenance, and prefers fertile soils. This wildflower is a perennial and grows naturally near floodplains and on the floor of moist, rich woods.
HYACINTHOIDES NON-SCRIPTA - BLUE BELL
Virginia Blue Bell - Mertensia virginica
The Virginia blue bell is also known as the Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, and the Roanoke bell. Like most flowers, the Virginia blue bell blooms in the Spring. The plant is native to all of eastern North America, but it is most common in Virginia. The Virginia Blue Bell can grow to be about two feet high and features, and as its name suggests, has blue, bell-shaped flowers at the top of the stem. Even though the flowers are blue when they are fully bloomed, the blooms begin as a dark pink. The flower is unable to participate in self-fertilization, so it needs to rely on insect life to reproduce. Butterflies are the primary pollinator of the Virginia Blue Bell, but Bumblebees are also able to spread the plant as well. The Virginia blue bell does best in sandy soil, but they are able to survive in many different environments. The plant is very sensitive to disturbances and they are susceptible to over-watering. It should not be attempted to transplant a Virginia blue bell, especially while they are in bloom. If a transplant is necessary for these plants, it is best to wait until the fall when the plant is out of bloom. This will increase the chance of a successful transplant. Blue Bells have loose trumpet like, blue flowers that are approximately one inch long, and would be an excellent choice for landscaping purposes. The buds begin pink and transform to a bluish-purple in color, and bloom in early spring. The leaves are small and thin, and the foliage dies to the ground around mid-summer. Because of they go dormant, it is best to over-plant them annuals, or in conjunction with perennials, such as ferns and hosta. The wildflower grows best in moist, shady woodland, or native plant gardens. Plant these perennials where they won't be harmed. It makes for easy growing, in addition to them having no problematic insect or disease issues. They make great companions at the base of trees, or near shrubs. They are exceptionally beautiful planted in large numbers because of their brightly colored hues. Climate Zone: 3 - 8 Mature Height: 18 - 24 inches Mature Width: 12 - 18 inches Sunlight: Part shade to full shade Ships As: Bareroot Plant