The beautiful bluebell meadows that carpet Scottish woodlands and field in spring are a wonderful sight. Botanists usually call them wild hyacinths, however most of us still know them as bluebells.
Bluebell meadows thrive in old-established broadleaved woodlands where the trees are wide enough apart to allow light to reach the ground. The bluebell native to Scotland (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) flowers from April to June. The flowers are always blue, with 6 bell-shaped lobes that curl back fully.
For more information about the differences between the British bluebell and non-native Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica), click here.