It's the start of the season for beautiful bluebells. These are 'Spanish bluebells' and are another introduced species to the UK by those busy Victorians. They are grown on a small-scale as a cut flower and these ones are home-grown from Surrey. As Spanish bluebells have escaped the gardens and are more vigorous than our native bluebell, they can be seen flowering all over in disturbed areas and roadsides verges.
It's important to save our native bluebell woodlands from these imposters. If you fancy bluebells in your garden, it is possible to choose our native variety (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) grown from cultivated stock which can help readdress the balance and eliminate the risk of escapees.
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