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What plant does the scientific name Mertensia Virginica belong to?

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Plants with the common names Virginia cowslip and Virginia bluebells both have the scientific name Mertensia virginica. Native to the eastern part of North America, these perennial wildflowers feature blue, pink and purple bell-shaped blooms. Virginia Bluebells grow to 1 to 2 feet high and require spots in the garden where they will be partially shaded.

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Mertensia virginica grow in clusters and stand erect with moist stems. These blue flowers bloom in spring, with their blooms lasting until early summer. Virginia bluebells feature large oval-shaped bluish-gray leaves and grow well in climate hardiness zones 3 to 9. This type of flower requires planting sites like moist woods and bottom lands, as they need moist soil to grow properly.

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