Botanical name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Other names: Bluebell, Wood bells, Harebell, Squill, Dog's leek, Fairy flower, Cuckooflower, Culver keys, Crow bells, Wild hyacinth, Scilla nutans, Hyacinthoides non scripta, Blue bells
Species: H. non-scripta - H. non-scripta has llinear leaves and stems bearing arching racemes of fragrant, narrowly tubular, violet-blue flowers in spring.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta is: Deciduous
Flower: Blue in Spring
Foliage: Dark-green in Summer
Fragrance: The flower is scented.
Habit: Clump-forming, Spreading
Toxicity: Eating may cause severe discomfort.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife
Cultivation: Plant 8 cm deep in late summer or early autumn in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Partial Shade
Aspect: East, West
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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When buying bluebells, ensure that the bulbs are from a legitimate supplier, as vast numbers of bluebell bulbs are stripped illegally from the wild every year. Moreover, some plants sold as bluebells are hybrid varieties, crossed with the Spanish bluebell, which have a far less rich colour and are less graceful in habit. Hybrid bluebells are apt to escape into the wild, and, being partly fertile, may interbreed with native bluebells.
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