Nature Notes

The Delicacy of Bluebells

Bluebells (Hyancinthoides non-scripta) have delicately shaped violet-blue highly scented flowers about 2cm long on stems that are between 20 and 40cm long. Occasionally a natural version with white flowers may be seen. Britain and Ireland, together with the extreme parts of western Europe. contains the world supply of natural bluebells, and in Scotland they are usually referred to as Wild Hyancinths. Garden "escapee" versions (Hyacinthoides hispanicus), with larger and much paler blue flowers, are called Spanish Bluebells. The picture below, taken in my local wood, a few days ago, illustrates the delicate nature of natural bluebells - a typical scene of many woods and copses in Britain during late April and early May.

Bluebells in a Local Wood