Perhaps it's because I have spent a fair amount of time living in the eponymous state, that I really love Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica). They are truly spring ephemerals, and will probably be finished blooming within a week or so. The foliage won't last much longer. But the colors of both the flowers and the leaves are so cheery and bright. Plus, the thick, cabbage-like foliage appeals to me. It really does look good enough to eat, har har.
Linnaeus himself named this plant after a German botanist named Franz Mertens.