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We call them bluebells but we can't find them for sale

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My mom had  these flowers she called bluebells and fortunately we have a few left.  We'd like to get a lot more but can't find them.  They are very hardy unless some dummy pulls them out.Man Sad

 

We want the same as we have not something called bluebells and these are not annuals.   Any help greatly appreciated.  303iF1C8A2E9CE6534EC

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Re: We call them bluebells but we can't find them for sale

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Contact your Cooperative Extension office, and ask if they have a Master Gardener program, or a horticulture specialist, or can refer your identification question to a hort specialist at a land grant university.  Your county office ought to have its own website and e-mail contact and  staffing list, since I know most counties have this where we live.   

If you ask them to assist you in identifying the flower, and to get a Latin name for it so you can searhc for it proiperly, that will be a more reliable way to search for it...the problem wiht common names being exactly what you are experienceing...a bluebell here may be a totally different plant somewhere else. 

Here in NC, there are certifed plant identification specialists, and the ones I've know could tell you a plant from a dead twig off of it.  An experienced plant nursery man ought to be able to help you with it, and perhaps a acquire some for you.   It's perennial, you could probably divide it and multiply it pretty quickly, too.  I hve a similar looking plant in blue, red and white blossoms, and cannot remember for the life of me what it is called. 

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Re: We call them bluebells but we can't find them for sale

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They're not the blubells I have here in Il.  Ours are a softer blue shaped in a bell shape, a little droopy.  I know there are some other varieties of a perennial called something bluebells.  I agree with Kay about the master gardener program or maybe you could find a local nursery that is extensive in perennials & could help you.  Good luck.

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Re: We call them bluebells but we can't find them for sale

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It took a while for my memory to kick on on this one, since I bought it maybe fifteen years ago.  It is called "spiderwort,"  if this is the same perennial plant:

 

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=spiderwort+plant&FORM=IGRE6#focal=b504c1875819f78a59bfa1747512d3...

Looks the same to me! 

Hope this is it, Kurt!

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Re: We call them bluebells but we can't find them for sale

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The flower is a wild one here that grows along roadsides. Not bluebells. They usually grow wild in wet places and are as described below.

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thank you very much

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that's certainly them.  thank you

we will find somebody that sells them or the seeds, either way we are going to be happy,

thanks again

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Let's thank my late friend...

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...Diane Morris, an herbalist, NC Certifed Plant Specialist and Master Gardener. 

She taught me every plant I know for the most part, and sold me the spiderwort in my yard when she worked at a local nursery.  She still sends pennies from Heaven every so often, and I always say, "Hi, Diane!" when I pick one of them up.

Consider doing a Google search for the plants and/or seeds, and learn a bit about saving seed from what you have now.  One of the Bing! links had a lot of info about this plant's culture, so if you go back to the link and open some of those pages, you may learn what you need to know. 

Thanks to your post, I learned that this plant may be a a folk remedy balm for spider bites, and parts fo it are edible, too. 

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Re: thank you very much

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Go dig yourself up a few clumps out of the ditch and maybe you can get them to grow.  I have a friend that did that and they are overtaking her garden!  Yes, they are pretty.

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SO THAT'S what a Spiderwort looks like

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I started a CRP renewal application this week.  One of the ways to add points to the offer was including some "native species" and "pollinators" in the mix.  One of them was Spiderwort.  Now I know what it is.

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Re: SO THAT'S what a Spiderwort looks like

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I think it can be sort of aggressive in places it likes, mike.  Here, it is sort of holding its own. 

It is a beautiful plant, and edible in a pinch, apparently. 

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