Mertensia Virginica, often known as the Virginian Cowslip, is most attractive and will last in good condition for a week or more when cut. Its graceful arching spikes appear from April to June on 18 to 20-in,, the lovely blue looking well among the greyish or blue-green foliage.
Cut the spikes when a feware open and stand them in water before bunching or them. Some gardeners make a short slit at the bottom of the stems to encourage a good intake of water, which greatly increases the lasting quality of the . Care is needed when clearing the ground during the winter not to damage the , for the foliage dies right away during the autumn.