English bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

English bluebell

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
  • Common name: English bluebell
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Green

Our familiar native fragrant bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, bears stout spikes of bell-shaped, blue flowers in April and May. It’s perfect for naturalising in a partly shaded woodland garden or beneath deciduous trees. Bluebells quickly grow to form large clumps, reminiscent of woodland in springtime. It can be told apart from the Spanish bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica, by its darker flowers, nodding flower stems, white pollen and narrow, recurved foliage.

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Grow Hyacinthoides non-scripta in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Divide and transplant clumps ‘in the green’ after flowering.

How to grow Hyacinthoides non-scripta

  • Plant size

    40cm height

    8cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Hyacinthoides non-scripta and wildlife

Hyacinthoides non-scripta has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Hyacinthoides non-scripta poisonous?

Hyacinthoides non-scripta has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Hyacinthoides non-scripta