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Could anyone help with an ID please?

We bought some bluebell bulbs last year - tried to make sure we got native british ones rather than the spanish variety. They're starting to flower now and one of them looks suspiciously spanish to me (though its pink rather than blue).


This is one of the native british ones:



This is the suspect one:


So before I contact the seller to inform them/complain I'd like to know if what other people think I'm right (or not!). I'll also be digging it out before it can take over/before the rest flower.



  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Looks OK so far.

    Leaves aren't big, flowers almost on one side of the stem
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    I think that's Spanish or a hybrid look at the way the way the flower splays out.

    If in doubt, have it outimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 754
    I know it's a long way to bend but are they scented?. I believe Native bluebells are.
  • Its a bit wet out there right now, I'll try and give it a sniff tomorrow when (hopefully!) it'll be a bit drier. But I'm thinking so far its looking likely that its a hybrid. Bit annoyed because I specifically wanted British ones. 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,214

    British bluebells do not come in any other colour than blue, so it must be either a hybrid or Spanish.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    Not quite true Berghill.....very occasionally a white one appears but I agree that the picture posted is probably a hybrid, which is the whole point of why Spanish bluebells should not be planted in England.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,214

    Did read about some rather different shades of blue found in  a wood in France one time, but not heard any more of it since.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Yes, I remember seeing the odd white one in Swithland woods (Leics) well over 50 years ago which must precede the introduction of the Spanish ones.  The plant equivalent of albinos.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • smallswansmallswan Posts: 86

    Yes, I have a white 'native' one just appeared in my recently acquired garden. Narrow leaves, small flowers. Fluke?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,265

    The bluebell woods at felley priory had millions of bluebells, and we found one white one, identical except for the colour




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