Some flowers make people smile and Bluebells are one of them.
The Bluebell has been moved from genus to genus so many times, it is not surprising there is confusion about its name(s). It started with Linnaeus in 1753 describing it as Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, changed in 1803 when it was transferred to the genus Scilla, changed again in 1849 when it was transferred to Endymion and changed again in 1939 back to Hyacinthoides. Hence, many people may still refer to Bluebells as Scilla or Endymion nutans (nodding), and think they remain in the family Liliaceae.
The two main species of Bluebell grown today are H. non-scriptus, and H. hispanica which originated from Spain and Portugal and comes in a pink or white form in addition to the common blue. They are easy to tell apart as H. non-scriptus is a darker blue with bells on one side only of the stem, recurved petals, white pollen and a strong scent, whereas H. hispanica is a paler blue, has a milder scent, blue pollen and grows on all sides of the stem. Mind you, grown together over a period of years they will hybridise, and then it is not so easy to identify them. England is famed for its Bluebell woods, so the plants naturally like partial shade and humus-rich soil. They quickly multiply and are mostly pollenated by bumblebees drawn to the plants by the mass of pollen they produce. In the United Kingdom, Bluebells are a protected species and the trading of wild Bluebell seeds or bulbs is not allowed.
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