Could anything be more synonymous with ancient British woodland than the delicate bluebell? They are one of our most precious and iconic flowers. Our beautiful native bluebells are highly scented and spread to create a delicate blue carpet that is a vital nectar source for pollinators in the Spring. Did you know almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world and are protected in the UK.
Be aware though – this is a project of love as bluebell seeds can take 9-24 months to germinate. From germination it can take up to 5 years for bluebells to flower.
Each bag contains 50 bluebell seed balls, enough to cover 2.5 square metres in a garden bed or 7-12 medium sized pots (leave at least 10cm between each ball). Scatter throughout the year.
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Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Woodland perennial with a distinctive scent Scatter: late summer Flowers: April/May Germination Time: sown seed may take 9 - 24 months to germinate. From germination to flowering normally takes about five years as the plant first has to grow a bulb.
Its bell-like flowers with up-rolled tips carpet forest floors in the spring and its distinctive scent attracts bees beneath the trees.
The UK is home to about half of the world’s bluebell population. Generally found in shady habitats, but also in more open ones in the damper west. It is associated with woodlands, also grows in hedgerows and grassland. Bluebells are woodland plants but, except perhaps in East Anglia, they do not need woods as much as humidity and continuity of habitat.
Although still common in Britain, bluebells are threatened locally by habitat destruction, collection from the wild, and from the escape of the Spanish bluebell from gardens and subsequent cross-breeding and loss of true native populations. The latter is a particular concern – during a survey around one in six bluebells found in broad-leaved woodland was a Spanish rather than native bluebell.