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Bluebells... not so blue

pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378
Good afternoon, everyone.

I was in the garden earlier and, in a shaded corner, among some bluebells, I have found this pale pink ones. As I usually remove the bluebells after they flower, I was wondering if these pink ones are less invasive and worth leaving.


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 771
    I have a small patch of native English blue bells and occasionally have white and pink ones too. I dont think they grow/spread any more or less than the blue ones. 
    Im trying to rid my garden of Spanish bluebells in another part of the garden. They are far more vigorous and so difficult to get rid of. I try and trowel them out when they just have leaves, it pains me to kill the actual flowers as they are such a lovely colour.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,668
    not the true native British bluebell.... Hyacinthoides non scripta.
     but the invasive Spanish blue bell....Hyacinthoides hispanica..comes in blue pink and white.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857
    They're Spanish so are best removed before they cross pollinate and hybridise with the native bluebells which are less vigorous and end up wiped out.

    You can tell because native bluebells have more slender leaves and stems and all the flowers hang down the same side of the stem like this

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378
    That’s a pity because I really like these ones... Thanks, everyone.
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    i so wish they'd change the name from Spanish bluebells to Spanish wild hyacinths as they're nothing like out native bluebells
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    I would leave a substantial bequest to someone who would promise to keep Spanish bluebells off my grave.
  • Keep them, they're pretty ;)
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  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,124
    I occasionally get a lilacy-pink one.  They get dug up just the same if I can get at the roots, or at least deadheaded before they set seed.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,020
    I've got a small leaved white one growing between paving slabs by the front gate. It's allowed to stay.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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