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BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 100
Can anyone tell me if these are English or Spanish bluebells?


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    They look like wild ones BlueSchoolBoy, the best ones to have. They can be very invasive so will need an eye keeping on them.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299
    Hybrids I think

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933
    I rarely see English bluebells, but there are a few patches of them on the fields where I walk with my dog.
    The plants and flowers on the English bluebell are generally more dainty than their European counterparts.
    English bluebells seem to have fewer flowers and the flowers only form on one side of the stem.
    I've been trying to eradicate the Spanish ones from my front garden for years.

    Billericay - Essex

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  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860
    Spanish there.
    They have more and bigger leaves and hold their heads higher than English ones.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    I too think they're hybrids.
    Apparently hybrids are now more common than Spanish bluebells.
    I am trying to eradicate them here, and try to deadhead them before the flowers open as I do have a small patch of native bluebells, which are much deeper blue with narrower petals.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860
    Here’s an English one for you to compare.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 100
    Many thanks to all of you for your advice and information. 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,764
    I have Spanish bluebells in my garden (too many!) - I'm convinced the bulbs have extra sensory perception and dig deeper when you're trying to get them out!  Many bluebells in UK gardens are now hybrids of the two.  There's a useful summary here: 

    How to tell the difference between a native and a Spanish bluebell | Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
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  • BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 100
    Thank you Plantminded.  The link was very informative..
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