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April 21, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Virginia Bluebells

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - Virginia Bluebells

Bluebells are everywhere!

Genus: Mertensia virginica

Come see the Virginia bluebells that are abundant throughout the arboretum right now! While in the bud stage, the flowers are a brighter pink, but they become light purplish-blue as they mature. Flowers appear in the shape of soft, downward-facing trumpets.  The blooming period occurs from mid- to late spring, and lasts about 3 weeks.

Fun Fact: Country Star, Miranda Lambert, wrote a song called Virginia Bluebell. Excerpt of lyrics below:

Pretty little thing
Sometimes you gotta look up
And let the world see
All the beauty that your made of
Cause the way you hang you head
Nobody can tell
You’re my virginia bluebell
My viginia bluebell

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