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Bluebells: the difference between British vs. Spanish, and where to find them!

Posted 22nd Sep 2019 by Rosie


May 2017

True British bluebells, hyacinthoides nonscripta, are anything but ordinary, with a spring woodland carpeted in masses a sight to behold . However, the Spanish bluebell, commonly growing in our gardens is more vigorous than our native one.

Noticeable differences between the two are:

table showing differences between British and Spanish bluebells

In the UK  true British bluebells are protected by the wildlife and countryside act (1981) which basically prohibits anyone digging them up from the countryside. Bluebells make an attractive ornamental addition to woodland gardens or sites in semi shade. They are commonly found in British woodlands that have been in existence since at least 1600AD and are therefore considered to be environmental indicators of ancient woodland .

Plant bulbs in autumn about 15cms (6inches) apart and to a depth of about 5cms (2 inches). Plant in a random rather than regimented fashion. Bluebells can self-seed but it may take many years before flowering. Bluebells will flower in April or May and grow to a height of 30cm (12 inches). Once established they will grow back each year and if they like the conditions will spread over time .

bulbs4u ONLY supply Scottish grown true bluebells in packs of 20 , 40 , 60 ,120 , 500 , 1000 . Find them on our website now!

Click here to find a bluebell wood close to you! (National Trust guide). Our picture above was taken at Nuffield Place in Berkshire.

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