Bluebell - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

    Description

    Height up to 30 cm. Flowers violet blue, occasionally pinkish or white, nodding tubular bells 14 to 20 mm long, borne in a one sided raceme drooping towards the tip. Leaves 3 to 6 linear-lanceolate. The anthers are creamy white in this species.

    Similar Species

    Spanish Bluebell agg. is becoming more common and is easily confused. Spanish Bluebell has blue anthers and a more trumpet-shaped flower. The native Bluebell has flowers that are more tubular and parallel-sided. The two species also hybridise - see our page for Hybrid Bluebell for details.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woods, sometimes in shady ditches, etc.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in suitable locations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 283 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map