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The genus Pulmonaria is today restricted to 19 species in the tribe Boragineae. When Albrecht Wilhelm Roth erected the genus Mertensia in 1797, he named the Virginia bluebell as Mertensia pulmonarioides, apparently unaware that Linnaeus had already named it in his Species Plantarum. Roth's name is a superfluous synonym and has been used in recent literature.
Though Virginia Bluebells do grow profusely in some areas of Virginia it is actually a common plant of the Midwest, not the East. The name Bluebell is derived from the shape of the flowers which emerge in clusters as pink buds on the stem. The bud opens to reveal a clear blue, trumpet shaped flower. As the flower ages its coloring deepens. The blossoms put forth a very showy display of pink, blue, and purple-colored flowers all at various stages in growth. White forms of the flower are highly prized because they are rare. It is unclear however if Mertens was involved in discovering or collecting Virginia Bluebells. The species name may simply pay tribute to the scientist with no real connection to this particular wildflower.
Lungwort, Tree Lungwort: Bluebells were once classified in the same family as Lungworts, which were so named because of their spotted foliage. Bluebells were used to create a general tonic for improving the health of people who were not feeling well without any specific symptoms. No scientific research exists to support the value of this treatment, suggesting its effect was purely coincidental or placebo.Other uses of this plant by Native Americans or pioneers for medical purposes are not known. Arguably, Virginia Bluebells make a much better garden plant than medical remedy.
3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September.Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.
We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order. (Source:www.prairiemoon.com)