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Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells
“I love your roots, not the flower everybody sees!” ~ Akilnathan Logeswaran

This unique wildflower has interesting blue trumpet-shaped flowers. Before the bell-shaped flowers unfurl, a small cluster of pink buds form, eventually turning into the recognizable flower. This is a large wildflower, reaching up to 2 feet in height with large light green leaves. Floodplain and mesic woodlands are both ideal environments for this plant. The flowers develop quickly so be best time to see it would be during springtime as soon as frost isn’t a threat. Native Americans used this plant to treat whooping cough, tuberculosis, and the root was used to treat venereal diseases. You can find Virginia bluebells growing across Ohio. Places to see it include Shoemaker State Nature Preserve in Adams County and Augusta-Anne Olsen State Nature Preserve in Huron County.

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