Virginia Bluebells

  The Markoff family home is one of my favorite places to visit in spring -- what a delight to find native plants in bloom under trees rather than the typical landscape of lawn.

The Markoff family home is one of my favorite places to visit in spring -- what a delight to find native plants in bloom under trees rather than the typical landscape of lawn.

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells) is a native spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers.  In early summer, each fertilized flower produces four seeds and the plant goes dormant until spring.  Butterflies and bumblebees pollinate the flowers.  It will naturalize when planted in a shady woodland.