Mertensia Virginica – Virginian Cowslip

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, stems, the lovely blue flowers looking well among the greyish or blue-green foliage.

Cut the spikes when a few pips are open and stand them in water before bunching or arranging 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 flowers. Care is needed when clearing the ground during the winter not to damage the roots, for the foliage dies right away during the autumn.


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