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Spanish Bluebell

Hyacinthoides hispanica

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, woodland.

Blue, 6 petals
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.
Round seed pods develop after the flowers, filled with many small back seeds.
Long, narrow leaves but wider than English Bluebell leaves, up to 3.5cm wide.
Little or no scent at all. Much less so than the English Bluebell.
Other Names:
Spanish squill.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Hyacinthoides hispanica, also known as Spanish bluebell or Endymion hispanicus, is a perennial flowering plant that is native to Spain and Portugal. It is a member of the Asparagaceae family and is closely related to other members of the Hyacinthoides genus, such as wild bluebells and Italian bluebells. The plant is known for its clusters of fragrant, blue or purple bell-shaped flowers that are borne on tall, slender stems. It has narrow, green leaves and grows to be about 1-2 feet tall. H. hispanica is a popular garden plant and is often used in rock gardens or as an understory planting. It is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but it prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade. The plant is attractive to pollinators and is a popular nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It is also used medicinally in some traditional cultures and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems and skin irritation.


Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica), also known as the Spanish Squill, is a beautiful and popular spring-blooming plant native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. With its delicate and fragrant blue, pink, or white bell-shaped flowers and lush green leaves, Spanish Bluebell is a prized addition to gardens and landscapes.

One of the unique features of Spanish Bluebell is its ability to naturalize and spread in favorable conditions. This means that once planted, it can form large drifts of flowers that will come back year after year. In addition to its beauty, Spanish Bluebell is also prized for its versatility and ease of care.

The plant is easy to grow and care for, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners or those with limited gardening experience. It prefers well-drained soils in a sunny or partially shaded location and is relatively low maintenance. Spanish Bluebell will grow best in soils that are neutral to slightly acidic and will bloom in spring, usually in late April or early May.

When planting Spanish Bluebell, it is important to provide adequate space for the plant to spread. This can be achieved by planting it in a well-drained bed or by planting bulbs in a container. Once the plant has been established, it will not require much attention or care. However, it is important to deadhead the spent flowers to prevent the plant from going to seed and spreading too rapidly.

In addition to its beauty, Spanish Bluebell is also prized for its fragrance. The delicate, sweet fragrance of its blue, pink, or white flowers will fill the air and create a stunning display that is sure to delight garden visitors. This fragrant plant is perfect for planting along garden borders, in rock gardens, or in mass plantings.

making it a low-maintenance plant. The plant’s naturalizing habit can also provide year-round interest and greenery in the garden, even after the blooms have faded.

In terms of design, Spanish Bluebell can be used in a variety of ways in the garden. It makes a great understory plant for taller shrubs or trees and can be used as a ground cover in shady areas. The plant also looks great in mass plantings and can create a stunning display when planted in groups. In addition, the plant can be used to edge garden beds, walkways, or patios, and its foliage and flowers can be used in cut flower arrangements.

Spanish Bluebell is also an excellent choice for naturalizing in woodland gardens, meadows, and other wild spaces. The plant’s delicate blue, pink, or white flowers and lush foliage will blend well with other woodland plants, creating a natural-looking display.

When it comes to propagation, Spanish Bluebell can be divided or propagated from seeds. However, the easiest and most common method of propagation is by dividing the bulbs. This is typically done in late summer or early fall, after the foliage has died back. Simply dig up the bulbs and separate them into smaller clumps, making sure each clump has at least one bulb. Replant the clumps in the desired location and water well.

Another way to incorporate Spanish Bluebell in your garden is by planting it in containers. This is a great option for gardeners with limited space or for those who want to add some color and fragrance to patios, decks, or balconies. When planting Spanish Bluebell in containers, make sure to use a good quality potting mix and provide adequate drainage. It is also important to provide the plant with enough light and water.

In terms of companion plants, Spanish Bluebell pairs well with a variety of other spring-blooming plants such as daffodils, tulips, and crocus. These plants can be planted together to create a stunning display of color and fragrance in the garden. In addition, Spanish Bluebell also pairs well with woodland plants such as ferns and hostas, creating a beautiful woodland garden.

Another benefit of Spanish Bluebell is that it is a great plant for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. These pollinators are attracted to the plant’s fragrant flowers, providing them with a valuable source of nectar and pollen. In addition, Spanish Bluebell is also a great choice for wildlife gardens, providing a food source for small mammals and birds.

In conclusion, Spanish Bluebell is a beautiful and versatile plant that is easy to grow and care for. Its delicate flowers, lush foliage, and naturalizing habit make it a great choice for any garden. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Spanish Bluebell is a great choice for your garden. With its many benefits and uses, Spanish Bluebell is sure to be a favorite in your garden for years to come.


Video 1: The Spanish Bluebell filmed mainly at Pennington Flash in Lancashire on the 22nd April 2023.


Video 2: A Spanish Bluebell filmed at Hightown, Lancashire on the 20th May 2023:


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