In the Garden
Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica)
*Also known as jacinth and Virginia cowslip
Bluebell is a common name given to different plants. In America we have the Virginia bluebell, in England bluebell refers to the wild hyacinth (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), and in Scotland bluebell is another name for harebell (Campanula rotundifolia).
The large, oval leaves of the Virginia bluebell are light to grayish green and somewhat floppy. Growing on nodding stems, the flowers start off pink and gradually turn a vivid shade of light blue as they mature. Whether naturalized in a garden or found in the wild, the ephemeral beauty of these flowers creates a magical sea of color. It is no surprise that these enchanting little bell-shaped flowers are associated with fairies.
According to legend, treading on bluebells would result in being pixie-led, which means that a person would be led away by fairies or pixies. He or she would not be able to escape the fairies until another human came to the rescue. Bluebells were also said to aid in seeing fairies.
Growing bluebells in your garden is a way to attract fairies to your property and draw luck into your life. These flowers also aid in manifesting what you desire. Write what you seek on a piece of blue paper, and then burn it in your cauldron. When the ashes cool, scatter them among the bluebells as you visualize your desire. The same method can be used for overcoming an obstacle. Wearing bluebell flowers is said to prompt a person to speak from the heart. This can be instrumental for lovers to determine if they are right for each other, but this should be used carefully as truth carelessly spoken can seem hurtful.
Bluebell is associated with fairies.