Somerset Bluebell Woodland

Nothing beats the early morning scent and sight of a bluebell wood.  With the heady fragrance hanging in the air and the cool dappled light filtering through the vibrant green young leafed tree canopy it is something special after a long winter.

The bluebells growing wild in England are the native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) with a drooping head, curly edged flowers, a creamy white pollen and the beautiful delicate scent associated with bluebells.  In contrast the bolder, more regimented Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is a darker colour with tubular flowers and no scent.  These are found in gardens across the country.  Invasive and aggressive they pollinate with the native bluebell.  It would be a disaster to loose one of our beautiful native flowers to a similar but totally uninvited guest in our ancient woodlands.

The native English bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta carpets the woodland in a fragrant blue carpet in April and May

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