Is Bluebell a flower?

Asked By: Marcio Seigal | Last Updated: 9th May, 2020
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Native to England and Scotland, bluebell is a perennial plant named for the shape of the flower which looks like a tiny bell. These flowers grow in clusters and are usually, but not always, blue as the name implies. Bluebells can be a creamy, off-white color. The cream-colored bluebell is rarely found in nature.

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Thereof, are bluebells in flower yet?

They usually bloom in the south first, slowly spreading to the north as spring progresses. Bluebells are a protected species so please don't pick them! Here are some top spots to see this amazing display in 2020: Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, Buckinghamshire (Free: National Trust)

Also, how long do bluebell flowers last? How to care for bluebells

Flowering season(s) Spring
Soil moisture Moist but well-drained
Ultimate height 30cm (12in)
Ultimate spread 30cm (12in)
Time to ultimate height 3-4 months

Beside above, what does a bluebell flower look like?

Flowers: usually deep violet-blue in colour, bluebells are bell-shaped with six petals and up-turned tips. These sweet-smelling flowers nod or droop to one side of the flowering stem (known as an inflorescence) and have creamy white-coloured pollen inside. Some bluebell flowers can be white or pink.

What month do bluebells flower?

April

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Is it OK to pick bluebells?

Can you pick them? Since 1998, native bluebells have been protected by Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA). It is illegal for anyone to collect native bluebells in the wild for the purpose of selling them.

Do bluebells multiply?

Although the native English bluebell and the larger Spanish bluebell are often grown in gardens, they can multiply and become a nuisance, requiring control. Spanish bluebells can also hybridise with the native form so are best controlled in gardens close to woodlands where the English bluebell is growing.

Are white bluebells rare?

Wild white bluebells are very rare in Britain, with one white bluebell only occurring in one of every 10,000 flowers. The Wildlife and Countryside Act has ensured the bluebell is a protected flower, making it illegal to collect bluebells from the wild.

How do you kill bluebells?

Dig the soil around the plants, then feel in the soil until you find all the bulbs. Remove the runners you find below ground as well. These plants are so tough they'll sprout right through a compost heap if you dump them in right away. Kill bluebell bulbs by adding a little bit more effort.

Why are my bluebells not flowering?


If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower. If a bluebell's leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.

Do bluebells smell?

Native bluebells have a strong, sweet scent, whereas Spanish bluebells have no scent.

What to do with bluebells after flowering?

Aftercare. After flowering has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulbs for the future. Please note that bluebells in the green can take several years to establish themselves after transplanting.

Do bluebells self seed?

If planted in the autumn then plant the Bluebell bulbs about 15 cm apart to a depth of about 5 cm. Bluebells can self-seed profusely. They need the winter period to break dormancy. You can plant Bluebell seeds but you need to accept that it may take many years before you see them in flower.

What does a bluebell symbolize?

Bluebell. The most popular meaning for bluebells is humility or sometimes gratitude. It is also associated with everlasting love and constancy. Bluebells are also called harebells in Scotland because it is believed that witches turned into hares and hide among the flowers.

Are bluebells poisonous?


Are bluebells poisonous? All parts of the bluebell plant contain toxic glycosides that are poisonous to humans and animals including dogs, horses, and cattle. Ingestion of any parts of the plant such as flowers, leaves or bulbs causes a lowering of the pulse rate, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.

What are white bluebells called?

Albino Bluebell: White versions of the Spanish variety of bluebells, introduced 200 years ago, are relatively common, but these are the much rarer native British type Photo: MEN. 2:50PM BST 17 Apr 2009. The "albino" flowers lack the pigment that gives bluebells their traditional purplish blue colour.

Are bluebells invasive?

Like Japanese knotweed, bluebells are sometimes considered to be an invasive species where I live. There may be nothing inherently bad about a specific invasive plant. When it's outside of its native habitat, however, it may grow or spread rapidly and cause environmental or economic problems.

Are snowdrops poisonous?

Snowdrops are themselves poisonous. Two key alkaloids found in snowdrops are lycorine and galantamine; both are also found in daffodils. Though not potent enough to kill, ingesting snowdrop or daffodil bulbs can lead to diarrhoea and vomiting.

How tall do bluebells get?

12 to 18 inches tall

Are Blue Bells bulbs?


The nodding, violet-blue flowers of these hardy, native bulbs attract insects to their delicately scented flowers. At their happiest when growing in the dappled shade of deciduous trees, English bluebells are ideal for a woodland garden or naturalising in informal areas of grass. Bulb size: 5/6.

What is the difference between Spanish bluebells and English bluebells?

The main differences between a Spanish bluebell and an English bluebell are: On the Spanish flower, the bells are all around the stem, not just on one side which gives the English bluebell its drooping stature. The leaves are wider and bigger. The petals of each bell open wider and flare at the ends rather than curl.

What is the difference between native bluebells and Spanish bluebells?

Native bluebells are a distinctive deep-blue in colour, whereas Spanish and hybrid-Spanish bluebells are often lighter, more pale blue or pink. Look also at the shape of the flowers, the native bluebell flowers curl back at the petal tips whilst those of the Spanish and hybrid-Spanish bluebells are splayed.