Small, dark green leaves make the perfect backdrop for the sky blue, occasionally pink, bell shaped flowers. Blooms appear in mid to late spring and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Loves to be grouped in shaded areas.
Beautiful bell-shaped sky blur or pink flowers in spring
Native bees appreciate this important nectar source
Attracts various butterflies, skippers and moths
A delicate beauty that tolerates shady conditions
No serious pest or disease problems
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
Moist woods; New Hampshire to Minnesota, south to Mississippi and Georgia
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Butterflies bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.
Prefers light shade or partial sun, mesic conditions, and a rich soil with lots of organic matter and yet is quite adaptable. It is not aggressive, and adapts well to flower gardens, especially in partially shaded areas. Will go dormant in drought conditions.