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Bluebells

A woodland carpeted with bluebells is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and beautiful sights of spring. See them in their full glory at the end of April, beginning of May.

Top ten beautiful bluebell spots

We’ve listed our top ten woodlands to glimpse these sweet-scented blooms.

1. West Woods in Lockeridge, Marlborough 
2. Silk Wood, Old Arboretum, Westonbirt Arboretum
3. Wombwell Woods, Barnsley  
4. Grizedale Forest, North West England  
5. Idless Woods, Cornwall
6. Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
7. Oversley Wood, near Alcester in Warwickshire
8. Shrawley Wood, near Stourport on Severn in Worcestershire
9. Hagg Wood, Dunnington, near York  
10. Pondhead Inclosure, near Lyndhurst, New Forest

Native BluebellsNative bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta are usually deep violet-blue in colour and are found in ancient woodlands & shady spots. The flowers have a sweet smell and the stem droops to one side.

Spanish BluebellsSpanish bluebell

Hyacinthoides hispanica are pale to mid-blue, white or pink in colour and can be found in gardens, parks and meadows. They have more up right stems than the native bluebell.

Hybrid bluebellsHybrid bluebell

Hyacinthoides x massartiana are a mixture of the native & Spanish bluebell. Their colour can range from dark to pale blue, white or pink. They are very are weakly scented.

Spot the difference

The easiest way to tell the difference between the native and non-native flower is to look at the colour of the pollen. If the pollen is a creamy white colour then the bluebell is native. If it is any other colour, such as blue, then it is one of the other non native species.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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