Identify Bluebells


Bluebells / Spring / Poisonous


Common names

Bluebell

Botanical Name
Hyacinthoides Nonscripta

Known Hazards
The whole plant is toxic

Could be confused with
Three cornered leek, Snow drops when young shoots are emerging

Range and Distribution
Fairly common throughout UK and Western Europe. 

Habitat
Woodland garden in dappled shade, shady edges of woods  and  hedgerows. 

Physical Characteristics
A small bulb growing into long thin waxy leaves which are C shaped veins. It has bell-like flowers, each flower with 6 blue/lilac petals. This plant has a pleasant floral smell

Edible Use
This plant is toxic, do not eat. 

Herbal
The bulb has diuretic properties and can help stop bleeding

Miscellaneous
It can take years for bluebells to recover from damage by footfall, if the leaves are crushed they cannot photosynthesize and starve and die.
Consuming bluebells can cause severe gastric upset which in some cases can be fatal.

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