Authentic Wisconsin.  Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2019.

Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2019.

NOTE: Warmth of Duck Pond stone wall entrance encouraged early blooms.


Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica (Spring Ephemeral)

Mertensia virginica is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers, native to eastern North America.

Flowerbuds are blue to pink (fuchsia). Flowers have five petals fused into a tube, five stamens, and a central pistil (carpel). They are borne in mid-spring in nodding spiral-shaped cymes at the end of arched stems. Flowers are usually blue. White or pink flowers occur rarely.

Other names include: Eastern bluebells, Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, Roanoke bells

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin onApril 25, 2019.

Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2019.


For more information on Virginia Bluebells, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the: Wisconsin State Herbarium.


Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2020.
Virginia Bluebells by Duck Ponda in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Virginia Bluebells by Duck Ponda in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Virginia Bluebells by Duck Ponda in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Virginia Bluebells by Duck Ponda in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.

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Virginia Bluebells
Mertensia virginica


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 21, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 21, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 21, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (4/21/19)


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 24, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 24, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (4/25/19)


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 27, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on April 27, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (4/27/19)


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pondon May 1, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (5/01/19)


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on May 6, 2019.

Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on May 6, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (5/06/19)


Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond on May 24, 2019.


Above: Virginia Bluebells around the Duck Pond (5/24/19)


1919 Virginia Bluebell illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott.

Above: 1919 Virginia Bluebell illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.



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