Apr 26 2011

Now Blooming: Virginia Bluebells

Published by at 7:30 am under Phenology,Plants


On Sunday I took a walk at Cedar Creek Park in Westmoreland County, famous for its spring wildflowers. 

The Cedar Creek valley was gorgeous.  The eastern hillside was carpeted in white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), the valley was coated in Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) and the western hill was a deep shade of blue, colored by Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) pictured here.

This is the week to see spring wildflowers in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Don’t miss them!

(photo by Chuck Tague)

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4 Responses to “Now Blooming: Virginia Bluebells”

  1. Peteron 26 Apr 2011 at 8:09 am

    I saw some small purple flowers blooming when i was out yesterday…I’ll have to go take a closer look and figure out what it is I saw.

    And to the usual bird theme around here, today is Audubon’s birthday. Google has a new doodle up to commemorate the occasion. How many of the birds in it can you name? http://www.google.com/ (and a more long term link – http://www.google.com/logos/index.html )

  2. Monikaon 26 Apr 2011 at 10:24 am

    Excellent, thanks for the tip Kate!

  3. Lauren Conkleon 26 Apr 2011 at 10:11 pm

    In the past, I’ve found Virginia Bluebells blooming across the road from the front of the main office building at Raccoon Creek State Park. The park is located in southern Beaver County, Pa. on Rt. 18.

    And what a stunning photo!

  4. Kylieon 02 May 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I think I saw some Virginia Bluebells in Frick Park today along the nature walk loop! So lovely! :) Thanks for sharing!

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