Garden Bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica


Short description of Hyacinthoides hispanica, Garden Bluebell

Like the native Bluebell, but with broader leaves, a larger, less one-sided, erect spike of paler, scentless, more campanulate flowers, and blue anthers.  Hybrids may be intermediate in all characters.

Description of Hyacinthoides hispanica, Garden Bluebell status in GB

This garden bluebell with several named cultivars, now occurring widely in the wild having been planted or become established following dumping of garden waste.  Increasing, though over-recorded for its more common hybrid with native Bluebell, H. x massartiana.

Habitat summary: Hyacinthoides hispanica, Garden Bluebell

Waysides, woodland edges and entrances, churchyards, cemeteries, parks, wastelands etc., usually associated with human habitation or the dumping of garden waste.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Southwestern Europe
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.61 (Barmby Bank, Selby)
Date of first record: 1875

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Bill Meek

Last updated:

October 4th 2019

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