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  • Virginia cowslip
  • Eventual height: 0.45m
  • Eventual spread: 0.25m

Mertensia virginica

Virginia cowslip

RHS award of garden merit £7.99
Pot size 9cm pot
9cm pot

  • Position: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A pretty addition to the woodland edge (or front of border position), this perennial is at its best in a sunny spot that receives softly dappled shade during the hottest part of the day. Plant it in clumps or drifts and enjoy the show of the lovely violet-blue bell-shaped flowers opening from pink buds, from mid- to late spring. After flowering this plant dies back and will be dormant throughout the summer.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies carefully in spring.