There is a lot I don’t know about flowers…
While on vacation in Dublin, Ireland, this bloom I photographed at the National Botanical Garden is, ironically, native to the United States. I guess I’m drawn to what catches my eye the most, regardless of what is native to the area. I hope it catches your eye, too.
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points of interest
Clump-forming, spring ephemeral with upright, branching stems, bears soft, bluish-green, elliptical, hairless leaves. The bell-shaped flowers are sky blue with long tubes and pendulous, opening from terminal clusters of pink buds.
Prefers rich, well-drained soils in partial or full shade. Will form colonies that disappear by mid-summer.
friday’s flower fact
Due to the shape of the flower, Virginia Bluebells are most effectively pollinated by butterflies and moths, as bees have a hard time getting inside.
Botanical Name | Mertensia virginica
Family | Boraginaceae
Type | Perennial
Origin | North America
Zone | 3-7
Flower Height | 18”
Flower Diameter | 3/4-1”
The National Botanic Garden, Dublin, Ireland
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