Bluebells (Hyacinthoides Nonscripta) Identification

Bluebells / Spring / Poisonous

Common names


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. 


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

Physical Characteristics of Bluebells


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.

Bluebell flowers


This plant has a pleasant floral smell

Edible Use

This plant is toxic, do not eat. 


The bulb has diuretic properties and can help stop bleeding


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.

Identification is key!

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