Bluebell abound in our woodlands...

Thursday, 10 May 2018  |  Alison

Bluebell abound in our woodlands...

Bluebells abound in our woodlands, gardens and hedgerows from late April to mid-May with their scent, colour and bell-shaped flowers bobbing in the breeze. They are a favourite wildflower of springtime spreading a carpet of blue wherever they can, so you will see them in hedgerows, gardens and are at their most abundant in their happiest location, an undisturbed native deciduous woodland setting.   But do you know a Spanish Bluebell from an English native Bluebell?

Bluebell bulbs are a rounded white shape and in the spring the leaves appear first followed by the stem holding the flowers.  They then die down to the ground in the winter months to emerge again year after year, gradually spreading to form wonderful hazy blue carpets of colour.  

A native English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a deeper violet blue colour and the flowers appear on one side of the stem with their flower heads hanging downwards. The outer petals have tips that are reflexed (curled back).  The heady sweet scent when seen enmasse is similar to that of Hyacinths, (they are part of that family). The anthers (which hold the pollen) in the middle are white-cream.

The Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides Hispanica) differs in that it is a paler blue colour with blue/green pollen, the stems are stiff and the flowers are more upright too with little or no scent. So very distinct differences to the English Bluebell.

If you have a chance over the next week or two to visit a bluebell wood you will not be disappointed so look on the Woodland Trust website for details of a display near you.

 

 
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