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Are these Spanish bluebells?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 758
Hi guys,

Noticed that on gardeners world they were talking the Spanish bluebells being invasive. And I am pretty sure mine are Spanish!

Could anyone confirm this for me please? They are growing everywhere in the neighbours garden!



  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Yes, they are Spanish ones. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,297
    Or hybrids.
    English ones have all the nodding flowers on one side of the stem. They always have white pollen and are scented. Not always easy to tell the hybrids from the real thing though.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,686
    Those are Spanish. Apparently English bluebells are more vigorous than Spanish bluebells so fears they would be wiped out through hybridising are exaggerated. I would still prefer to plant the English type though, although I'd avoid either in a typical garden to be honest as they're both thugs.
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,954
    Probably hybrids, they appear to have white pollen, but with flowers both sides of the stem. It ain’t as easy as some people think.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 758
    Are they as bad as people are making out lately in terms of being invasive?

    I don't want them taking over my garden.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,312
    yes. Definitely. No bout adout it!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I agree with B3 and I wouldn't want them in my garden but it's your garden and your choice. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,811
    I have some in my garden and they haven't taken over.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,336
    Ditto @Busy-Lizzie 's post. 

    I inherited a mass of Spanish bluebells and knew they would be nigh on impossible to eradicate completely. I concentrated my efforts on removing them from areas where I definitely didn't want them and also thinned them out elsewhere. Ten years on they're still confined to 3 small areas - but I am vigilant for strays and wanderers.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 758
    Well I am going to try and get rid of them as they are starting to form quite large clumps.

    Has anyone had any success killing them with weed killer? There is one section of my garden where there is a huge clump of them with no other plants around them. So weed killer if it works would be best for that area.
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