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Which Hyacinthoides is this?

Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
edited April 2021 in Plants
Just came across this newcomer to my garden. I want to give it a chance before deciding whether to chuck it to the compost. Is it:
  • Hyacinthoides non-scripta, the common bluebell
  • Hyacinthoides hispanica, the Spanish bluebell
  • something else

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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,813
    It can be hard to tell sometimes. Tubular flowers on one side - non-scripta. Broad leaves, 3cm, hispanica. So maybe a hybrid. Any scent? Scented, non-scripta.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,852
    Definitely not pure non-scripta but maybe not pure Spanish either.  Doesn't look like any of the scillas so I reckon it's a hybrid.
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    Thanks for trying @Obelixx & @steephill. The leaves are fairly large. I'll have a sniff tomorrow. Could it be a horticultural variety? I'm sure I never planted it so it must have come from a neighbour 's garden.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    Thanks for the link, @Dovefromabove
    Just had a sniff, this specimen has a very faint smell, reminiscent of the scent of Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
    Took a close-up scan of dissected flower, showing blue anthers.
    Conclusion, this looks more like Hyacinthoides hispanica, than Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
    I'm not keeping it. ;)

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I don't blame you @Papi Jo !
    When I moved here about 35 years ago, there were a few patches of native bluebells in parts of the garden which hadn't been cultivated in a decade or more.  Every year, they came up, looked wonderful and didn't noticeably spread.  Then I bought a 'bulb collection' from one of the big names which contained Spanish bluebells.  30 years later, hybrids are  in all of my borders and every time I plant or move something, the secondary task is to dig out the bluebells.  I think there are still some unhybridized ones, but I no longer bother checking and just remove them whenever seen.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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