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Bluebells

SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948

I've been intending to get some bluebells for my woodlandy area and like magic a single bluebell has appeared elsewhere in my garden.

Firstly, how do I be sure it's an English bluebell?  I don't what to encourage it if not.

Secondly, how best to try to develop it?  I need to move it as am about to put a path where it is.  So I'm going to get it into a pot. What next?

thanks!

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  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    I'm not an expert, but English bluebell is (I think) rather delicate looking, with all the flowers hanging on one side of the stem;  also it has thinner leaves.

    Spanish is chunkier, flowers on more than one side, and fatter leaves.

    But most bluebells are hybrids - I think these days you are quite lucky if you have pure English ones (unless you live near old woodland).

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     The first one is an English Bluebell the second is a Spanish one for me there is very little difference except the colour of the English is a lot bluer and maybe the bells on the English might be a bit larger as well

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 770

    This link by the Natural History museum may help.

    It shows the 3 main contenders.

    English blue bell...... Hyacintha non scripta...

    Spanish bluebell ....Hyacinthoides hispanica

     and a cross between the two...Hyacinthoides x massartiana.

    The colour of the pollen will help you to decide.

     

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/survey-bluebells/bluebell-identification/index.html

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948

    Oooh, thanks guys. I'll do some inspection in the morning.  Although given your comments I think it might go buy some true Englishbluebells.

    Ta!

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