Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
The Common Bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, or, confusingly, 'Harebell' (now more likely the common name for Campanula rotundifolia) as the Elizabethans knew it as, is increasingly disappearing as the Spanish Bluebell cousin and its hybrids take over. Unlike them, our native English bluebell has delicate, scented flowers, and is an important early nectar source for several butterflies and bumblebees - like this Common carder bee queen. As a woodland flower, bluebells need shade from the summer sun. Our bluebell bulbs have UK provenance - they're grown in Wales - and are lifted to order from August to October. For larger sites, reckon on planting at densities of up to 25 bulbs per square metre. You can plant at higher rates if you would like.
We also supply British bluebell seed.
Because they are lifted from a smallholding there will be variation as to the size of bulbs.
Flowers: April - May
Supplier: Shipton Bulbs