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Spanish Bluebell

Hyacinthoides hispanica

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Blue bell-shaped flowers, but sometimes pink or white. The Spanish Bluebell has more erect flowering spikes than the English Bluebell. Unlike the English Bluebell, its spikes are not one-sided. The flowers are also larger and flatter and of a paler blue colour. In addition to that, its flowers have blue anthers, not cream-coloured as with English Bluebells. Its petal lobes are more erect. The Spanish Bluebell is the common bluebell which is often planted in gardens, sometimes naturalizing as a garden escape. Both species often hybridize making identification ambiguous.
Fruit:
Round seed pods develop after the flowers, filled with many small back seeds.
Leaves:
Long, narrow leaves but wider than English Bluebell leaves, up to 3.5cm wide.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the plant are toxic to humans and animals. This plant contains poisonous chemicals known as glycosides.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Little or no scent at all. Much less so than the English Bluebell.
Other Names:
Spanish squill.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, woodland.