, Jacinth (Elizabethan times)
This is the native British bluebell, which was once common
in the wild throughout British woodlands, but with the clearance of
woodland the numbers of wild bluebells has reduced.
It thrives in woodland, hedgerows and scrubland.
It is suitable for naturalising in grass,
dappled shade and open woodland.
It is a short plant (25-45 cm), with nodding, fragrant blue
flowers from April to May. [The
Spanish Bluebell or hybrids between the two are scentless.] The
bulbs are 4 years old and so will flower this spring.
bulbs were used to make glue at one time and the Elizabethans used the
starch in the bulbs to stiffen their ruffs.
plants and seeds are of native British origin.