Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebell Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebell
Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebell
Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebell

Mertensia virginica 'Virginia Bluebell'

Virginia Bluebell - a superb springtime plant!
Plant In Shade
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
RHS Garden Merit
  • Mertensia virginica is a compact perennial noted for its eye-catching sprays of vibrant, sky-blue, funnel shaped flowers which resemble dainty bluebells, hence its common name of Virginia Bluebells.
  • Not normally offered for sale in the UK, we're so pleased to be able to bring this award-winning plant to you this year.
  • An impressive addition to your garden and is compact enough to be able to be grown successfully in containers, where you can really appreciate the beautiful flowers as a specimen plant.
  • Easy to grow, this fully hardy perennial is also easy to look after.
  • Supplied as an estalbished plant in a 9cm pot, Mertensia will reach around 45cm when in flower.
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This is a really lovely plant for the springtime garden that blooms freely through April and May. The bell shaped purple flowers open from deep pink buds and are a lovely contrast to daffodils. It's also very attractive to any early flying bees and butterflies.

Mertensia virginica is a compact perennial noted for its eye-catching sprays of vibrant, sky-blue, funnel shaped flowers which resemble dainty bluebells, hence its common name of Virginia Bluebells.

Not normally offered for sale in the UK, we're so pleased to be able to bring this cheery plant to you this year. Holder of a prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a plant that has been certified 'Garden Worthy' and will perform perfectly in UK gardens.

With its branching stems reaching around 45cm in height, the clusters of nodding flowers are held over oval, greyish leaves, Mertensia makes an impressive addition to your garden and is compact enough to be able to be grown successfully in containers.

Preferring a humous-rich soil in partial shade, the Virginia bluebell is the ideal plant to grow in a woodland setting or in a shady perennial border.  It's also great in a pot, where you can really appreciate the beautiful flowers as a specimen plant.

Easy to grow, this fully hardy perennial will die back after flowering and remain dormant through the summer, before new growth appears in the spring. Maintenance is a breeze too - after flowering plants can simply be cut back to tidy them up.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, Mertensia will reach around 45cm when in flower. Note plants are dormant October - March so may show no leaves in the pot.

What Is Supplied

Item 560164 supplied as:

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, Mertensia will reach around 45cm when in flower.

Note plants are dormant October - March so may show no leaves in the pot.

Plant Information

Top Tips

Plants will die back in the summer after flowering, and just need a chop with a pair of shears to tidy them up. Growth will reappear in spring.

Care Guide

  • Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Protect from slugs and snails.
  • Before planting, prepare the soil by digging over and removing any weeds. Incorporate some well-rotted manure to enrich the soil if necessary.
  • If you're planting a number of perennials, arrange them on the surface so you can see how they will look before planting.
  • Individually knock out each plant from its container. Look at the roots – if they are circling around the compost, it is best to tease them out. To do this, push your fingers into the root ball along the bottom edge and pull. Do this in a couple of places. This should encourage the roots to spread into the surrounding soil.
  • Next use a trowel or spade to create a hole just deep and wide enough to set in the root ball.
    The aim is to bury just the roots, leaving the bases of the stems (when in growth in summer) or the shoots (in spring) above ground.
  • Firm back around the soil, using your hand for small clumps and your heel on larger areas.
  • Water in well to settle the soil and prevent desiccation.
Planting / Flowering Calendar
Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
45cm
45cm
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