Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells are one of America's most beloved wildflowers. Perennial in all zones, they thrive in shady, woodsy settings and are easy to grow. Plants are about two tall, with draping light green leaves. The flowers are extraordinary. In spring, nodding clusters of pink buds open into pale blue flowers. The show lasts about 3 weeks.
Easy to grow, they grow wild in moist wooded areas, and need dappled shade, rich soil, even moisture, perfect in a fern garden. Hardy to zone 3, they'll grow most anywhere woodsy, and do nicely in a container. They self seed and multiply gradually over time.
Sow the seeds outdoors in fall or stratify before planting in spring. These lovelies are accustomed to four seasons and welcome a bit of winter before the big spring show.