Bluebell flowers are dainty bulbous perennials that provide a profusion of color ranging from deep purple to pinks, whites and blues from April to mid May. Although some confusion may occur from various English and Latin names, most bluebells are also known as wood hyacinths.
Why are my bluebells pink?
All three bluebell species can be found in pink or white versions. These occur as rare natural mutations but are often propagated and sold by the nursery trade. It is quite likely that genetic material of each colour has been introduced onto campus numerous times in the past.
What Colours can Bluebells be?
Bluebells flower in colours ranging from white (quite common), through to grey, pale blue, lilac to dark cobalt. There is also a variegated form with flowers that look as though they are white-bells dipped in blue water-colour paint.
How can you tell the difference between English and Spanish bluebells?
The main differences between a Spanish bluebell and an English bluebell are:
- On the Spanish flower, the bells are all around the stem, not just on one side which gives the English bluebell its drooping stature.
- The leaves are wider and bigger.
- The petals of each bell open wider and flare at the ends rather than curl.
Can English bluebells be white?
English bluebells often come in white, but never, ever in pink.
Is it illegal to pick bluebells?
The bluebell is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). This means digging up the plant or bulb in the countryside is prohibited and landowners are prohibited from removing bluebells from their land to sell.
Why are Spanish bluebells bad?
English and Spanish bluebells (and presumably the hybrids) are poisonous. They contain chemicals called glycosides, which are toxic for humans, dogs, horses, and cows. All parts of the plant are toxic. Eating any part of the plant can trigger nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a decrease in the heart rate.
Are bluebells poisonous to dogs?
Bluebells. Bluebell plants and bulbs contain ‘scillarens’, chemicals that reduce the heart rate. This can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and disorientation in dogs.
How can you tell if bluebells are native?
Native bluebells have:
- narrow leaves, about 1-1.5cm wide.
- deep violet-blue (sometimes white), narrow, tubular-bell flowers, with tips that curl back.
- flowers on one side of the stem.
- distinctly drooping stems.
- a sweet scent.
- cream-coloured pollen inside.
Do bluebells multiply?
Although the native English bluebell and the larger Spanish bluebell are often grown in gardens, they can multiply and become a nuisance, requiring control.
Are bluebells poisonous?
All parts of the bluebell plant contain toxic glycocides that are poisonous to humans, dogs, horses and cattle. If any part of the plant is eaten, it can cause serious stomach upset, and if consumed in large quantities, may be fatal.
Can you split bluebells?
With the early spring, bluebells are going over, so now’s a good time to lift and divide them. Transplanted in the green – still in active growth – their roots settle in quickly. Dig up a clump with a spade, making sure you dig deep, so you don’t slice into the bulb.
How do you get rid of white bluebells?
Dig the soil around the plants, then feel in the soil until you find all the bulbs. Remove the runners you find below ground as well. These plants are so tough they’ll sprout right through a compost heap if you dump them in right away. Kill bluebell bulbs by adding a little bit more effort.
What flower is white?
Daisy- The daisy is a common flower, popular among gardeners and florists. They come in a variety of colors, white being the most abundant. Daisies represent innocence, purity and love.
How long do bluebells last for?
Bluebells usually flower from mid-April to late May, depending on the weather. If spring is mild they tend to bloom early.