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Behind our garden we have a lovely little wooded area. Ealrier this year the floor was covered in snowdrops, which have now given away to a lovely carpet of bluebells.

They are lovely to look at, making for a lovely little secret glen. What I have noticed is that amongst the blue is the odd clump of white and pink 'blue'bells.


Is this a normal variation? I did'nt notice them this time last year, but as we'ed only just moved in, I didn't have my 'Garden' head on!


Sorry, but that means they have been contaminated with the genes of the Spanish Bluebell. Native ones come in blue and never pink.



A couple of pictures



Spanish for sure, the blue ones as well. Sorry.


They remind me of my grandmother's garden that was thick with pink white and blue bells. Spanish or not still very pretty so enjoy!


Shame they are Spanish but they are very pretty!


Thers a lot around here. Some white, some pink, some blue so strong they almost look like hyacinths. The great danes spent 2 years trampling them down, and still they come up. But they look good in areas that nothing else will grow in.   No real bluebell woods about, so no chance of contamination.


I've got both here and I'm quite happy with the blue and white but keep pulling out the pink. I don't like it

got all 3,prefer blue but don't mind others,know spanish,would prefer english but inherited so...

Woodgreen wonderboy

Plants have inhabited the earth for many millions of years and have been hybridising all that time. It's a process you have no hope of stopping. We must stop fretting and accept that the lovely plants we all enjoy are unrecognisable from their forebears. 

You might be able to marginally slow the process of bluebell hybridisation but you cannot stop it. Enjoy them for what they are.


I like the pink and white, didn't realise they were hybrids.  We have lots in our allotment, some Spanish and some native too.  The Spanish make very good cut flowers, they last longer in water than the natives.

Could not agree more with Woodgreen wonderboy, here is my facebook post on this subject~ I repeat and reiterate however that the delicate English bluebells are indeed sublime however i could not wish for all others to be dissed~ with respect...

It should be possible however to cherish and treasure the delicate English bluebells and still feel thrilled to have Spanish ones grow hardily elsewhere~ i could not feel either should be chosen to overcome the other and would be happiest if the natural selection process safe-guarded both ~If that is near impossible and a controlled choice be involved let at least neither variety be dissed & both be respected.

Do agree, all lovely but w ouldn't want to see english disappear

Indeed and here is a wonderful bit of information from a friend about the bluebells referred to as English bluebells:

"All bluebells are beautiful but the scent in a wood with solely Endymion non- scripta is unique. Incidently this variety can be found in other western European countries but because of the climate on this island country situated where we are the endymion thrives in great numbers."


I think all three colours look beautiful, you'll miss them when their gone.

I have all three in my garden - only moved to this property at Christmas.- do I let them died off naturaly or can I cut them back please?



Let them die off naturally

Actually I have to disagree with the others. There are certainly cultivated forms of Bluebells which can be white most usually being the Spanish variety which can often be white. This does not mean that British Bluebells can never be white. They most certainly can it's just very rare - any genetisist will tell you that Albinism (and a less dilute form such as pink) is possible.

So whilst it's likely these are Spannish or other cultivated forms they actually could be British ones which have mutated into an Albino or dilute form it's just more likely they will be the latter.

Either way they are to be enjoyed- mine are just coming up now and we have both white and blue varieties in our garden. I don't really care whether they are British or not but to say those can't be British is untrue (unless someone can tell from the pictures).

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I would back Chris from suffolk in that I have seen white english bluebells growing amongst thousands of other native bluebells, and inspecting the flower shape and leaves confimed they were the british native species. That said, 99% of white bluebells I have seen were Spanish or hybrid.