Spectacular Bluebell Display in Somerset County Parks

Spring is finally here and the beloved Virginia bluebells are creating a spectacular show at Somerset County Park Commission’s Duke Island Park and the Leonard J. Buck Garden.  Mertensia virginica, Virginia bluebells, one of America’s favorite native wildflowers, is again transforming the woodlands into a sea of blue.


Virginia bluebells are erect, clump-forming perennials growing 1-2’ tall with elegant, smooth gray-green foliage.  In early spring they feature tight purplish-green buds.  In a week or two, medium, green stems carrying clusters of pinkish-blue, flower buds appear. When the buds finally open an orchestra of trumpet-shaped, sky-blue flowers emerge awakening the woodland. As the flower ages its coloring deepens, putting forth a lovely display of pink and blue at various stages of growth. In early summer, after blooming, the foliage turns yellow, dies to the ground and the plant goes dormant.


A visit to Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater or Leonard J. Buck Garden at 11 Layton Road in far Hills, New Jersey will be a treat for the entire family.


For information on the Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden call 908 234-2677 or log on to www.somersetcountyparks.org.


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