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Scientific Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Common Name: Bluebell
Hyacinthoides non-scripta, more commonly known as the Bluebell, is an unmistakable bell-shaped perennial. They actually spend the majority of their time underground as bulbs, emerging, often in droves, to flower from April onwards.
Leaves are narrow, around 7mm to 25mm wide and 45cm in length. They are strap-shaped, smooth and hairless, with a pointed tip. Flowers are usually deep violet-blue in colour, bell-shaped with six petals and up-turned tips. These sweet-smelling flowers nod or droop to one side of the flowering stem (known as an inflorescence) and have creamy white-coloured pollen inside. Some bluebell flowers can be white or pink. Up to 20 flowers can grow on one inflorescence.
Bluebells are native to western Europe with the UK being a species stronghold. They're associated with ancient woodland and are often used in combination with other species as a clue that a wood is ancient. They reach their greatest densities in the UK’s woods where many thousands of bulbs can exist in one woodland, creating the incredible blue carpets we fondly associate with spring. They also grow along hedgerows and in fields.
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