I haven’t been able to get a photo of this year’s Virginia Bluebells – mertensia virginica – from my garden, but have this photo from last year. Although they don’t appear as early as Bloodroot or Trout Lily, they do show up well before the month of May. Related to the Forget-me-not, the “Virginia” Bluebell is believed to called such because of where they were first identified, but can be found as far north as Minnesota.
I planted mine as bareroot stock as they are threatened in many parts of the Midwest. Slowly they have been forming colonies in my flower beds. We just love the way they transform from pink buds to an electric blue. They also attract butterflies, skippers, hummingbirds, moths and neighbors.