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Hyacinthoides non-scripta

English bluebell, common bluebell

Masses of blue flowers in early spring

The English bluebell is one of our loveliest wildflowers and a wonderful addition to any garden. Upright stems carry arching heads of deep blue, fragrant flowers in spring with a unique grace and character. This woodland native is a true perennial, the bulbs will multiply and spread to produce more flowers every year.


Prefers partial shade under deciduous trees, large shrubs, alongside hedges. Naturalises in grass or in the open ground amongst perennials.


Any reasonable soil where the bulbs can be left undisturbed. Do not remove faded flowers; leave them to seed.

Regarded as Britain's favourite flower

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 20 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 20 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

If planting in open ground or in containers the method is the same. Simply dig a hole approximately three times as deep as the bulb is long - from pointy end to base. Place the bulb in the hole with the point of shoots facing upwards and replace the soild firming in gently. If planting in poorly drained soil add a handfull of course grit to the bottom of the planting hole.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September