Mertensia virginica (Boraginaceae)
Soft-green oblong leaves emerge in early spring and begin to send up arching flower-stalks. Purple-pink buds open into pastel blue, hanging bell-shaped blooms; a lush and lovely harbinger of winterís end. Prefers moist, decently rich soils but does not like poor drainage. Plants go dormant by summer, laying low until the following spring. This disappearing act makes Mertensia ideal for interplanting with other woodland favorites like Green and Gold, Tiarellas, and columbines.
Bloom color: blue
Bloom period: early-spring
Container size: Qt.