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Hyacinthoides non-scripta


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Plant type

Native bulb

Flower colour






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photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (56204)

Plant details

Our familiar native fragrant bluebell or wild hyacinth has had several name changes, at various times masquerading as a scilla, hyacinthus or endymion. This instability has done nothing to reduce its status in everyone's affections, for it is the archetypal bulb for planting and gathering en masse - when bluebells are in flower, spring has truly arrived. There are charming pink and white varieties, but the blue ones capture the imagination most, especially when planted in drifts under shrubs and trees, and in patches of grass.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Hyacinthoides

Species: non-scripta

Plant type: Native bulb

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to divide plants: June to August

Flowering period: April to June

Reader reviews


How do I eradicate (yes, I said eradicate!!) bluebells from a very small border in my otherwise paved frontage?? I constantly dig them up and give them to family & friends, but year after year up they pop almost as if I've done nothing the previous year !! I love to see them growing through our woodlands, but I am getting a little fed up with them pushing through small delicate plants and all but killing them!! Any suggestions please?

flowering rose

It grows everywhere round the garden without me doing a thing.It is pretty and in spring a welcome sight and better than taking from the wild our native.Its a good plant even if its not the orginal

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