Virginia Bluebell is a springtime wildflower found in deciduous woodlands throughout much of the eastern United States, often in large colonies. They seem especially common in sandier soils above stream banks.

Virginia bluebell
Photo: Mike Habeck.

Clusters of blue or purple flowers hang from the plant, suspended above large oval leaves. Within a few short weeks all signs of the plants are gone; they lie below ground, waiting to appear next spring.

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