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Flower  Bluebells

Bluebell - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
The best time to take photographs of bluebells is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. 

Latin name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Size: Grows to a height of around 40cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: April to June.

Habitat: Found mainly in woodlands, especially coppiced woods.

Special features: Sometimes called 'Wild Hyacinths', bluebells are normally found growing in wooded areas throughout the U.K. The bluebell wood in flower seems to be a very British spectacle. Nowhere else in the world do they grow in such abundance.

In early spring the bluebell bulbs push up shiny narrow leaves through the leaf litter on the woodland floor. The delicate bell-shaped flowers hang from a straight central stem.

Bluebells flower early in the year, between April and June. In this way they can make good use of all the available light, before the trees above them become covered with leaves, and block out the sun.

When the bluebells start flowering, many insects are just starting to become active, and can take advantage of this abundant source of nectar.

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Bluebells - The Spanish Invader
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