The Common Bluebell is a spring-flowering plant. The traditional name of “non-script” was intended to distinguish this plant from the classical hyacinth. In spring, many north-western European woods are covered by dense carpets of this flower; these are commonly referred to as “bluebell woods”. It is estimated that 70% of all common bluebells are found in Great Britain.
The natural simplicity of the Daisy, Snowdrop and Bluebell have inspired lovers, artists, and poets to sing their praises, but all carry a warning. The Bluebell, while connoting constancy and everlasting love, is known to be an unlucky flower to pick.
The common Bluebell flowers in April and May. The stems are 10-30 cm long and bend over at the top. The lavender-blue flowers are pendulous, tubular with the petals recurved only at the end. The individual flowers are borne on one side of the flowering stem only. The anthers are yellowish-white or cream and are attached inside the tube more than half-way along the tube.
The flowers are pleasantly and usually strongly scented. The leaves, which are all basal, are narrowly linear lanceolate. Variations in color occur, most usually pinkish or in a white variety. Pollination is by insects including bees. The black seeds may have a long period of survivability and can emerge after several years absence if suitable conditions recur. The seedlings can flower in 2 years from seed; as a result, bluebells can quickly spread in suitable conditions.
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