And compared to other spring wildflowers, bluebells are not difficult to spot and hang around longer than other ephemerals.
“A lot of the other flowers are pretty, but they tend to be small and easy to miss,” Lyttle explained. “Others may only bloom for a day or two, like bloodroot.”
So what’s best part about Virginia bluebells?
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“You can plant them in your yard,” Lyttle said. “Seek out a native plant sale and find a shady wet area.”
This year, you can pick up bluebells and other native plants at The Nature Foundation of Will County’s two-day “Bringing Nature Home” native plant sale at Sugar Creek Administration Center on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19.
The May 18 presale costs $25, but includes food, drink, music and a raffle ticket. The May 19 plant sale requires no fee; more than 100 species of native perennials, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase.
If you purchase Virginia bluebells for your own yard, follow this advice from the extension service: “The best planting spots recreate a woodland setting. Add leaf compost to the soil before planting and mulch with shredded bark and leaves after planting. Additional fertilizers are not necessary.”
Lead image courtesy of Jim Kloss
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