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Bluebell. Pete Holmesbluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta


Why not download our bluebell fact sheet?

bluebell fact sheet

  • Bell-shaped, deep blue flowers
  • A tall stem

      Often grow so closely together they form a unique carpet - one of nature’s most stunning displays. Britain has the finest bluebell carpets in the world.

      Where found

      All over the country, in woodland, grassland, heath, scrub and hedgerows.

      When to look for

    • Native or Spanish?

      The Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) was introduced into the UK in the 1600s as a garden flower and has escaped into the countryside, hybridising freely with our native bluebell. To help you tell the difference, why not download our fact sheet below?

       bluebell guide

      Fabulous bluebell facts

      • Archaeological evidence has shown that Bronze Age people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to, or 'fletch', their arrowsBluebell. Richard Becker

      • Bluebell sap was used to bind pages into the spines of books

      • According to folklore, one who hears a bluebell ring will soon die. A field of bluebells is especially dangerous, as it is intricately interwoven with fairy enchantments

      • Bluebell bulbs were crushed to provide starch for the ruffs of Elizabethan collars and sleeves

      • Bluebells are important early flowers for bees, hoverflies and butterflies which feed on the nectar

      • Bees can 'steal' the nectar from bluebell flowers by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower

      With thanks to the BBC