A bunch of Mertensia virginica:

The full cast of spring wildflowers is on stage – bluebells, several species of trillium, phlox (Phlox divaricata), more spring beauty (Claytonia), foamflower.

14 thoughts on “Bluebells

    • It’s an old favorite. The common name confuses wildflower lovers from England, who expect their bluebell, a flower that carpets woods with flowers. I hope that some year I’ll visit a “bluebell wood” in the UK.

  1. I wondered if this was the same as the bluebell I’ve seen in photos from England. Do these carpet your woods in the same way, or are they more scattered? I’m intrigued by their buds lurking there in the background. They appear to have the same purple/lavender/blue shading as buds of our bluestar, Amsonia spp.

    One of my favorite ice creams is named Bluebell, but it takes its name from the Texas bluebell, which is completely different: Eustoma exaltatum. It’s sometimes called prairie gentian, and it has a flower that’s vaguely tulip shaped. These clearly are blue ‘bells.’

    • I knew that this isn’t the same as the English bluebell, but I had to look it up. English Bluebell is
      Hyacynthoides non-scripta, in the asparagus family (!). M. virginica doesn’t carpet the forest floor like the other bluebell, but it does cluster in groups. The buds are pinkish, there are color gradations as they open, part of their charm.

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