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Plant Details

Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip

Scientific Name:

Mertensia virginica

Genus:

Mertensia

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Cowslip

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Nutrient-rich, moist, alluvial soils of floodplain forests and thickets (Weakley 2015). Rare throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Notes:

"Foliage dies to the ground by mid-summer as the plant goes dormant." Missouri Botanical Garden, http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e170

Blooms

image

© Tammy Kennedy

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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