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Mertensia virginica, commonly called Virginia bluebells, is one of the most beautiful species of spring ephemerals. Easy to grow in rich, moist, well-drained soils, they can form large colonies over time. The beautiful pendulous trumpet-shaped blue flowers are clustered on spikes up to a foot high above smooth, oval leaves and attract bees and early butterflies and moths. Typically blooming in April and May, the blooms last for many weeks. Being an ephemeral, the plants go dormant by mid-summer.
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