Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Virginia Bluebells
Mertensia virginica
Location: norhtwest corner of woods, east of red oaks
This beloved woodland wildflower is a true harbinger of spring! The distinctive bluish-pink flowers appear soon after the snows of winter retreat northward. This long-lived perennial expands slowly to form beautiful clumps that return year after year.Grows one to two feet tall in rich, slightly moist soil.
Genus: Mertensia (bluebell)
Family: Boraginaceae (forget-me-not family)
Order: Boraginales (boraginaceae and closely related asterid families)
Class: Eudicots (Non-magnoliid dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)