Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica Virginia bluebells

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA

The nodding, bell-like flowers of this beauty start out pink turning blue at maturity.  Oval leaves are glabrous and strongly veined, the stem is smooth and succulent.  This spring beauty sometimes forms colonies along streams or slopes.

Frequent on rich wooded slopes and forested floodplains.

Found in most of the state except on the highest elevations.

Wetland codes
EMP: FACW
NCNE: FAC



Flowers mid April to mid May.

Leaves  simple and alternate, leaf blade is entire.

Flowers  blue, pink or white, radially symmetrical.

S-rank:  No Rank
G-rank:  G5 (Secure)

Mertensia virginica Virginia bluebells

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA
Mertensia virginica gallery
Plant Life-Form
perennial forb
Common Names
Virginia bluebells eastern bluebells