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Virginia Bluebells – Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell…

By Anne Bronte


Often found growing in rich, wooded bottomlands this spring ephemeral is found through most of eastern North America. The bell flowers change color having several colors on the plant simultaneously. The buds are pink, and the flowers begin with a pinkish color cast that quickly turns blue.

The Cherokee used this plant for the treatment of whooping cough and consumption (Tuberculosis). The Iroquois also used this plant, but used a compound infusion of the roots as an antidote for poisons, and a decoction of the roots for the treatment of venereal diseases.

Listed as Threatened in Michigan and Exploitably Vulnerable in New York this plant is best taken home from the wild in the lens of your camera, and the physical plant left alone to continue to grow!