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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Bluebell

The common bluebell is a perennial plant that grows from a bulb. It produces 3–6 linear leaves, all growing from the base of the plant, and each 7–16 millimetres (0.28–0.63 in) wide.

It is estimated that 25%–50% of all common bluebells may be found in the British Isles. It is also found in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain, and also occurs as a naturalized species in Germany, Italy, and Romania. It has also been introduced to parts of North America, in both the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Washington and Oregon) and the north-eastern United States (Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York).

The bluebell starts growing in January with the sole purpose to flower before the other woodland plants which have stalled because of the dry weather.

The bluebells you'll see in UK towns and cities are most probably the Spanish invader, Hyacinthoides hispanica, not the common bluebell.

In the United Kingdom, H. non-scripta is a protected species and landowners are prohibited from removing common bluebells on their land for sale and it is a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild common bluebells.

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