English Bluebell is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in woodlands and hedgerows, to a mature height of up to 40cm.
English Bluebells are distinguished from the non-native Spanish Bluebells by having scented and deep-blue, elongated tubular flowers (although the flowers may sometimes be pink or white). In the English Bluebell, these are borne to one side of the flower stem, giving it a dropping appearance. The presence of established English Bluebell can be an indicator of ancient woodland.
Botanic classification and naming: English Bluebell is a member of the Asparagus (Asparagaceae) family. The genus name
'Hyacinthoides' identifies the plant as a Bluebell and its species name 'non-scripta' means 'plant without marks'.
Concerns: Protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It is illegal to take the English Bluebell from the wild or intentionally harm it. Note that all parts of the plant are toxic to humans, pets and livestock, containing poisons that affect the heart and digestive system.
Benefits: Bluebells provide an early source of nectar for pollinators.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.