Virginia Blue Bells or Virginia Cowslip (Mertensia Virginica)
Exposure: Partial Shade
Height: 8-24 inches
Spread: 18-24 inches
Natural Habitat: Floodplains and slope forests
Attracts: Butterflies and Pollinators
Description: Produces lovely pink buds that open to sapphire blue bell flowers in March to May, excellent in woodland setting and waterside plantings, pollinated by long-tongued bees, but supports many other early pollinators, best in organic-rich, well drained soils with even moisture, species is ephemeral, which means that its foliage dies back in summer, interplant with other perennials and ferns, reseeds freely, great massed.