By Rachel on the 28th April, 2017
Not sure whether you’ve seen a native, hybrid or Spanish bluebell? Here are some identification tips.
It’s bluebell season and many of you will have been out enjoying the views of thousands of bluebells. However, many people aren’t aware that our native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is under threat from a Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica). The Spanish bluebell is often grown in gardens and cross breeds with our native bluebell to create a hybrid resulting in the loss of our true native bluebell.
How You Can Help
To help reduce the spread of Spanish and hybrid bluebells, do not plant them in your garden.
If you already have them in your garden and want to remove them it is recommended that they are dug up after flowering, when they are still in leaf. The bulbs should be disposed of carefully, ideally leaving them out to dry out for at least a month to ensure they are dead before disposal.