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BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 67
Can anyone tell me if these are English or Spanish bluebells?


  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,701
    They look like wild ones BlueSchoolBoy, the best ones to have. They can be very invasive so will need an eye keeping on them.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372
    Hybrids I think

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,518
    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.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,883
    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: 634
    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 DevonPosts: 19,883
    Here’s an English one for you to compare.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 67
    Many thanks to all of you for your advice and information. 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 1,013
    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
  • BlueSchoolBoyBlueSchoolBoy Posts: 67
    Thank you Plantminded.  The link was very informative..
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