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Spring Ephemerals of Ohio: Virginia Bluebells.

May 3, 2014

Virginia Bluebells

Let’s round out our look at spring woodland wildflowers with a classic!

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This looks like a garden denizen- and gardeners have certainly tamed this native plant and put it to good use.  These are Virginia Bluebells, with their striking pastel colors.  The violet-colored flowers are young; when the flower matures, it takes on its classic sky-blue hue.

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These plants are found in eastern North American woodlands, where they often form colonies.  They are tall for spring ephemerals, reaching 2 feet in height.

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These plants prefer damp conditions, and enjoy shady areas.  The leaves are rounded and prominent.

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The flowers are tubular shaped and clustered- butterflies are often its pollinators.  That’s a bit hard to reach for many insects.  Hummingbirds have been seen feeding upon their nectar.

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Bluebells bloom for about 3 weeks in the spring, and afterwards each flower is replaced by a packet of 4 seeds, to eventually spread to begin the cycle anew.

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By definition, spring ephemerals are relatively brief bloomers.  They tend to make up for it in good looks, and Virginia Bluebells are one of the prettiest.  They are blooming in central Ohio right now.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2014 7:32 am

    It seems like it’s been a particularly good year for Bluebells.

  2. May 4, 2014 4:30 pm

    It has been a good year for our bluebells too. Yours are very pretty.

  3. May 5, 2014 12:42 am

    Those are very pretty! I like the big clumps.

  4. May 5, 2014 3:41 am

    Beautiful – we have something similar over here, perhaps as an introduced garden plant. I can only imagine hummingbirds feeding on them!

  5. May 5, 2014 7:56 am

    Beautiful!! Ours are just starting to blossom…

  6. May 6, 2014 9:51 am

    Love these–so showy! BTW, I saw my first oriole (in my whole life) this AM. I have always been fascinated by them (since I learned a little song about them in first grade), so spotting one someday was on my (somewhat passively pursued) bucket list. It was perched on the hummingbird feeder and when I thought about who would appreciate my sharing this, I thought of you! Have a great day.

    • May 6, 2014 4:17 pm

      That’s awesome, Inger! Orioles will eat citrus fruit and nectar (hummingbird type food) when available, you might keep seeing them if you slice an orange in half and put the halves out!

  7. May 8, 2014 8:38 pm

    This is such a beautiful flower and I wish it grew here but, even though it grows in New York, Maine, and Massachusetts, for some reason it doesn’t grow in Vermont or New Hampshire. I’ve enjoyed your series on spring ephemerals.

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