English Bluebell HyacinthoidesHyacinthoides non-scripta Flax-blue flowers, sweetly scented, about ½-¾". Petals are narrower than on the Spanish Bluebell H. hispanica, with curled-back tips. Arching racemes with flowers on one side grow 4-8" above glossy green leaves.
Hyacinthoides are similar to Scilla, but taller and later-blooming, with larger flowers. They self-seed and form new bulbs each year to replace old ones that shrivel. Gardeners occasionally experience skin irritations on contact with flowers or foliage. Bluebells tolerate shade, moisture and a wide range of soils, and also do well in full sun.
Native to western Europe and England, where bluebells bloom under deciduous trees not yet leafed out to form beautiful “bluebell woods.”
12–18" tall. Mid Spring blooms, Z5-8. 6cm/up bulbs.