Hybrid Bluebell - Hyacinthoides x massartiana

    Alt Name
    Hyacinthoides non-scripta x hispanica = H. x massartiana
    Description

    This cross between our native Bluebell and the introduced Spanish Bluebell has characteristics of both. It is probably more similar to Spanish Bluebell in having broad leaves, little scent and flowers all around the stem. In the hybrid form the petals curl back slightly, but not as much as in the native form. The anthers are also different, being clean creamy white in the native Bluebell, mid blue in the Spanish Bluebell but a dirty blueish white in the hybrid.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerow bottoms, ditches, roadside verges and woodland.

    When to see it

    Flowers April and May.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain and probably under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional but possibly under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map