Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Common Bluebell, Wild Hyacinth, Wood Bell, Fairy Flower

profile iconHyacinthoides non-scripta (Common Bluebell)
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Common bluebell
profile iconHyacinthoides non-scripta (Common Bluebell)
by MichaelMaggs (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Hyacinthoides non-scripta is a bulbous perennial species from the Asparagaceae family, commonly known by the names Bluebell or English Bluebell. It produces violet-blue, beautiful arching flowers and it is found throughout western Europe. Known for inhabiting ancient woodlands, English Bluebells form large carpets of flowers often referred to as bluebell woods throughout the British isles. Careful not to confuse this plant with the related Spanish Bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica. You can easily tell the difference between these plants by looking at the flowers. English Bluebell flowers tend to be produced on one side wherahs Spanish bluebell flowers appear facing all directions. The English Bluebell has become a common sight among cottage gardens, wild meadows and woodland plantings. With their broad light tolerance and ability to multiply quickly they have become a favoured bulb bringing swaithes of colour to gardens towards the end of spring.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Seed can be harvested from dry flower heads in mid to late summer and ready to germinate the following Autumn.

Propagation

Seed

Seed can be collected when ripe in late summer and can be sown that Autumn on the soil surface, keeping moist.

Tubers

Bulbs can be easily obtained and should be planted at twice their own depth. To create a naturalistic appearance the bulbs are often scattered prior to planting.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Famously known for forming large, dramatic carpets of violet-blue flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Rich in pollen and nectar, this sweet smelling flower attracts bees, insects and butterflies.

Special features

Origin

Western Europe

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free, although a host for the parasitic fungus Uromyces muscari which can cause bluebell rust.