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Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

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These bulbous perennials with violet-blue, beautiful arching flowers are found throughout western Europe. Known for inhabiting ancient woodlands, bluebells form large carpets of flowers often referred to as bluebell woods throughout the British isles. The Bluebell has become a common sight among cottage gardens, wild meadows and woodland plantings. With their broad light tolerance and ability to multiply quickly they have become a favoured bulb bringing swaithes of colour to gardens towards the end of spring.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Seed can be harvested from dry flower heads in mid to late summer and ready to germinate the following Autumn.

Propagation

Seed
Seed can be collected when ripe in late summer and can be sown that Autumn on the soil surface, keeping moist.
Tubers
Bulbs can be easily obtained and should be planted at twice their own depth. To create a naturalistic appearance the bulbs are often scattered prior to planting.

Special features

Attractive flowers
Famously known for forming large, dramatic carpets of violet-blue flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Rich in pollen and nectar, this sweet smelling flower attracts bees, insects and butterflies.

Geography

Origin
Western Europe

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Violet-blue
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free, although a host for the parasitic fungus Uromyces muscari which can cause bluebell rust.

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