Virginia Bluebells: Spring’s Gift
If ever there was a plant with a fandom in Virginia, it would be the Virginia bluebell. Mertensia virginica makes fast friends with anyone new she meets. A native wildflower, you are just as likely to find her at Pony Pasture in the James River Park System as you are to find her here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. No matter where you meet her, she’s sure to make a big impression.
Here are the top 5 reasons I love Virginia bluebells.
- They seem to appear overnight. Two short weeks ago I went searching for these beauties. I knew just where they should be growing and I couldn’t find them. They were still underground with not even a trace of their green foliage showing. Now, they are a sea of green, pink and blue beckoning you to come see their graceful bell-shaped blooms dance in the breeze.
- Spring ephemerals are wonderful particularly because you know they will last only a short time. Carpe diem. Seize the day and come enjoy them now before they are gone! (Don’t worry, they’ll be back next year.)
- Virginia bluebells are blue. Botanically speaking, true blue is pretty unusual in a bloom — especially a wildflower. Even more unusual: a native plant that features both blue and pink blossoms.
- Virginia Bluebells are opportunists. They sprout out of the ground and soak up all the sun they can before the trees in the woodland surrounding them leaf out and block their sunshine.
- Immature Virginia Bluebells look like pink raisins. These fun little buds will make you look twice. Amazing that these tiny pink buds can grow into bluebells!
So don’t wait, come see these beauties! They’ll only be here for a short while. You’ll find them in Flagler Garden, just across the West Island Garden walkway.
What are the reasons you love Virginia Bluebells? We’d love to hear, just leave a comment.