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Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Mertensia virginica

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view a map indicating the natural range of Virginia Bluebells.
Virginia Bluebells  - Ohio Woodland Plant
Bluebells - 2018 - Our gardens
Bluebells - 2018 - Our gardens

Propagation Notes -

Storage - Cold dry - Everwilde Farm's seed packet indicated no pre-treatment needed - slow to germinate

Cold Storage -60 days - I choose to stratify seeds - small zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds planted - 2-8-2012

Sprouted - Nothing as of March 6, 2012

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Cultivation Information

Virginia Bluebells
Height - 1–2½' ft
Flower Color
- Blue
Blooms - April to May (lasting three weeks)
Sun - Light shade part sun

Hardy Zone -

Soil - Moist and fertile
pH -
Family - Boraginaceae

Photo - Praire Moon Nursery

White Bluebells in our garden - 2018
White Bluebells in our garden - 2018

Wildlife Significance

Nectar Source - Provides early spring nectar for humming birds, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, humming bird moths and Sphinx moths.

Pollinating -
Virginia Bluebells is the job for long-tongued bees,honeybees, bumblebees, Anthophorid bees, Mason bees, large Leaf-Cutting bees, and Miner bees.

For more detailed information visit Illinois Wildflower site.

Seed & Root stock Provenance - Mertensia virginica

Everwilde Farm's, WI, 2011 - Hickory Road Gardens, WI - 2012