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English Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scriptus

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Azure blue and bell-shaped, forming one-sided spikes that droop at the tip. Each flower consists of 6 down-turned lobes. Sometimes the flowers are white.
Fruit:
Round seed pods develop after the flowers, eventually drying out and becoming brown. Inside the seed pods are many tiny black seeds.
Leaves:
Long, narrow leaves, no more than half an inch wide. The Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) has broader leaves than the English Bluebell.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the plant are toxic to humans and animals. The plant contains glycosides which induce vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea.
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:
Fragrant, sweet-scented.
Other Names:
Bell Bottle, British Bluebell, Cra'tae, Cuckoo's Boots, Dead Man's Bells, Fairy Flower, Goosey-Gander, Granfer Griggles, Granfer-Greg, Lady's Nightcap, Wild Hyacinth, Witches' Thimbles, Wood Bell.
Habitats:
Cliffs, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, scrub, towns, woodland.