Blue Bell flowers Plants

Hyacinthoides non-scriptaBluebells, almost half the global population of which is found in the UK, can create a stunning carpet of woodland colour during the spring.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Image: Peter Gasson)

  • Scientific name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta (L.) Rothm.
  • Common name(s): bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, fairy flower, bell bottle
  • Synonym(s): Endymion non-scriptus, Scilla non-scripta, Scilla nutans
  • Conservation status: Widespread, protected by legislation and not considered to be under immediate threat (although concerns exist regarding cross-breeding and climate change).
  • Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, shady banks, under bracken on coastal cliffs and uplands.
  • Key uses: Ornamental, indicator of ancient woodland, medicinal.
  • Known hazards: All plant parts contain glycosides and are poisonous. The sap can cause contact dermatitis.
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Lilianae
  • Order: Asparagales
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Genus: Hyacinthoides

Hyacinthoides non-scripta has a bulb and nodding heads of blue flowers; it is native to western Europe, where it is found in deciduous woodlands, flowering in late April or early May. A woodland floor covered with flowering bluebells is a stunning sight, and often forms a popular, seasonal tourist attraction. H. non-scripta was for a long time known as Scilla nutans and then Endymion non-scriptus, and may well be encountered in earlier literature under these names. Bluebells grow best in undisturbed soil and need plenty of light in early spring. Their rich nectar provides food for many butterflies and other insects. Bluebells contain toxic glycosides and humans can be poisoned if the bulbs are mistaken for spring onions and eaten.Hyacinthoides non-scripta stive problems after eating bluebell leaves.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta grows wild in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Portugal and Spain, and has become naturalised elsewhere in Europe.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Image: Wolfgang Stuppy)

A bulb with flower stalks up to 50 cm tall and 3-6 linear leaves up to 50 cm long and 25 mm wide. Each flowering stem bends downwards towards the tip and bears 4-16 flowers along one side. The pendent, strongly sweetly scented flowers are violet-blue, or rarely pink or white. The perianth (petals and sepals) is tubular-bell-shaped, 14-20 mm long, with the free lobes curling up at the tips. The outer three stamens are fused to the perianth for over three quarters of their length. The anthers are cream-coloured.

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Ooooh, lettuce seeds!!

2008-07-25 23:18:39 by diamonds_nine

I'd love fresh grown lettuce. That would be awesome.
I have two plants in my kitchen windowsill that I have grown from seeds. I don't know what either of them are, but they have just exploded--tons of foliage and flowers. So i managed to do those right. ;o)
I'll check into the Master Gardener program and see what i can find. I'll ask the nursery tomorrow and see if they have any contact info.
Thanks, Bells.

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