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Bluebell
Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Photo of a lot of bluebells in a woodYou can send this image as an e-card

 

 

Few woodland sights equal that of a carpet of bluebells in Spring. The precise nature of the Bluebells flowering period, when all the buds on every plant burst open together, temporarily alters the appearance of the surroundings.

NAME
This species of Bluebell is native to the western, Atlantic part of Europe. It was not known to the ancient Greek recorders of plants, hence the species name of non-scripta, meaning 'not written upon'.

HABITAT
woodland floors is native only to the lands fringing the Atlantic. Native only to northwestern Europe.
woods, hedges, sea-cliffs; light, usually acid soils.

DESCRIPTION GENERAL
Type - perennial

Height - 50-500mm

Flowers - April-June

Photo of a bluebell plantFLOWERS
General, 4-16, in stalked spike, 1-sided, drooping
not always blue, some plants bear pink or white flowers

Size - 15-20mm

Colour - violet-blue, rarely pink or white

Type - hermaphrodite nodding

STEMS, LEAVES and ROOTS
Stem - flowering stem upright, leafless

Leaves - all basal, 200-450mm, narrow, straight-sided, shiny

Root - bulb 20-30mm, egg-shaped

FLOWERS CLOSE UP
Close up side view of a Bluebell FlowerBracts - 2 under each flower, bluish
Stalk - shorter than flower,
Perianth - 6 lobes, 15-20mm, bases joined, almost bell-shaped, lobes curved back

 

Close up end view of a Bluebell FlowerStamens - 6, unequal
Stigmas - 1; style fairly long
Sepals - 5, 120-175mm, joined into tube with pointed teeth
Ovary - 1, 3-celled


FRUIT
Photo of Bluebell plants with fruit When in fruit the flower stalk lengthens and turns upright.

Type - 1, capsule, almost globular, splits into 3
Size - 10-15mm

Close up of seed capsuleSeeds - several, 3-4mm blackish.


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