Virginia Bluebell

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A perfect, shade-loving flower, the Virginia Blue Bell (Mertensia virginica) is a native plant to the eastern United States, and can be grown throughout much of the country. The curious color-changing flower buds emerge a pink color and gradually turn to their lovely shade of light blue, as they open fully while blooming through the spring before taking on a more lavender hue at maturity.

Forming clusters of bell-shaped blooms with their nodding buds atop long slender stems, they attract early spring pollinators to sip the nectar. Beneath the Virginia Bluebell blooms lies the large, green, oval leaves of this attractive herbaceous perennial. The plant stands upright, reaching up to 2 feet tall, and produces arching ends with pendulous clusters of bell-shaped flowers. It looks more beautiful than it sounds too and your whole neighborhood will be able to attest to that!

Virginia Blue Bell is a very hardy plant and will even grow beneath Black Walnut trees! You will have no worries about anything stopping this flower from standing out amongst the crowd! Remarkably cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8, Blue Bells are easy-to-grow wildflowers for shade! Blue Bells are deer and rabbit resistant too!

Planting and Application:

Just imagine the Virginia Blue Bell planted in natural clumps in shaded areas of your landscape or lining a wandering path. These lovely blooms add color to shaded gardens and early spring landscapes. Because these shy blooms recede in the heat, Bluebells appreciate being underplantings beneath larger shrubs and trees, especially ones that leaf out later in the season giving these delicate perennials a place to hide.

Pollinators will still love the plant, and butterflies, moths, and bees will flock to the small blooms. And who can really blame them? This flower is absolutely stunning! Plant in shady pollinator and wildflower gardens, in dappled forest meadows and cut flower gardens, and beneath the shade of large trees where they happily ramble and spread. They appear like spring ephemerals and shyly hide once the summer's heat kicks in.

  • Color-Changing Blooms - Pinkish to Blue to Lavender
  • North American Native
  • Shade-Loving, Flowering Bulb
  • Fast Growing Ephemerals
  • Rows and Groupings, Shade Gardens & Spring Bulb Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant your lovely flowers in well-drained soil with partial shade to full shade for the best, healthy growth possible, while also enhancing the overall physical appearance of your landscaping! Blue Bells in the hotter of their preferred growing zones do best in full shade. Plant in very rich organic soil that is well-drained and consistently moist. Enrich the soil with a 3-4 inch layer of arborist bark chips that insulate and better the soil as it breaks down. In the late summer or fall, after the foliage has yellowed, clean the mounds of old foliage.

  • Partial Shade & Full Shade
  • Organic Humusy Soil & Mulched Beds
  • Consistent Moisture & Fertility
  • Juglone Tolerant & Deer and Rabbit Resistant
  • Clean Mounds After Foliage Yellows

Make that a reality today by ordering your very own Virginia Blue Bell today at Nature Hills Nursery! It will be a landscaping-changing decision! Order your perennial spring ephemerals today and we'll ship your order to your growing zone at the right planting time.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Virginia Bluebell Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Mertensia virginiana
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Spacing 12 - 18 inches