Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Mertensia virginica

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Virginia Bluebells
Queen of the Spring
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
Light Preference:
Part Sun to Shade
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
$8.50-$10.50/1 qt.; $16.50/gal., some larger
Price depends upon size and bloom.
$3.50 /large bare root (while they last)

Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebell), Virginia Cowslip, Lungwort, Oysterleaf, Roanoke Bells) is in the family Boraginaceae (same family as Comfrey and Forget-me-not), native to moist woodland in eastern North America. It is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers opening from pink buds. The leaves are rounded and gray-green, borne on stems up to 60 cm (24 in) tall. They are petiolate at the bottom of the flower stem and sessile at the top.  This is one of our few native blue wildflowers!  It is tolerant of sun or shade, and is deer resistant - they don't like it.  But you will, as it grows into larger and more beautiful clumps, and reseeds.

Flowers have five petals fused into a tube, five stamens, and a central pistil (carpel) borne in mid-spring in nodding cymes at the end of arched stems. White flowers occur rarely.

Stamen and pistil are spaced too far apart for self-fertilization. The flower can be pollinated by bumblebees, but due to its funnel shape, bumblebees must hover, making the bumblebee a little tired.  Butterflies are the most common pollinators if temperatures are warm enough, because they can easily perch on the edges and still enjoy the nectar.

In early summer, each fertilized flower produces four seeds within wrinkled nutlets, and the plant goes dormant until the next spring.  A beauty to behold in the early spring!

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Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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Kollar Nursery | 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 | 410.836.0500