50 Natives: Maryland – Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells

Barry at Sunshine Farms inspired my choice of natives plants for Maryland. Though called Virginia Bluebells, they are actually native to much of the eastern US seaboard. So since I have already covered VA, I will go with the next best thing Maryland.
It’s close and when I lived in VA, I remember walking through wooded areas on both sides of the line that had beautiful bluebells.
From Barry:

Mertensia virginica is one of our earliest and easiest to grow Spring ephemeral wildflowers. Eventually we must part company with this lovely plant but not until it sets a respectable enough quantity of seeds to assure that you will soon have a colony. It will then fade away and fall back into a deep slumber until next Spring. I highly recommend Polystichum acrostichoides as a companion plant. Universally known as the “Christmas Fern”, this versatile evergreen fern benefits from a haircut in early Spring, just before the emergence of the Mertensia. As the Mertensia is “bidding adieu”, the Polystichum acrostichoides will be unfurling its new fronds and will quickly cover any bare spots left behind by the Mertensia.

And, as if Mertensia virginica didn’t have enough gold star attributes, it’s also NOT on Bambi’s menu.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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1 Comment

  1. louise garwood on May 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    hi rochelle,
    seems that your products heading is linked to the 50 great native plants section
    thought you might wanna know.
    keep up the great work

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