Native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - eight in-the-green bulbs

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Plant Overview

Also available as potted bulbs here.

Not to be confused with the more widely offered Spanish Bluebell (which quickly become a weed in gardens and a menace in the wild), this is the exquisite true British Native Bluebell.

Bluebells appear in ancient woodlands and along woodland edges in April and May and are one of the ancient woodland indicator species. They are easy to grow in gardens, growing best either from potted bulbs, or bulbs 'in the green'. Their early flowering allows them to make the most of the sunlight that is still able to make it to the forest floor habitat, before the canopy becomes too thick. Grow under deciduous trees and shrubs for best effect.

Will gradually spread to form a carpet.

Available 'in the green' for a limited time in winter only. 'In the green' means that you are buying bulbs which are shooting and/or have leaves (which is the most reliable means of transplanting bluebells). Supplied to us by a trusted British grower who carefully selects and lifts bulbs under license. Plant immediately in the ground or in containers.

You are buying eight 'in the green bulbs' for the price stated above. Add 2 to the basket to buy 16 bulbs and so on. 


Click here for other wildflowers in-the-green.

Anemone nemorosa's flowering period overlaps with native Bluebells and they look wonderful planted together.

Height: 25cm

Common names: Common bluebells, English bluebells, British bluebells, Wood bells, Fairy flowers, Wild hyacinth, Auld man's bell, Bell bottle, Blue bonnets, Bummuck, Calverkeys, Granfer-grigglesticks, Locks and Keys, Pride of the woods, Ring o' bells.

Myth and Legend

Traditionally you can make a wish when you see the first bluebell open in spring.

It is said that if you turn a bluebell flower inside out without tearing it, you will win the heart of the one you love.

To ensure good luck, you should pick a bluebell and conceal it in your shoe, saying:

Bluebell, bluebell, bring me some luck,
Before tomorrow night.

To dream of bluebells is an ill omen as it indicates that you will have a nagging spouse. 

In Scotland, there is a legend that if you hear the Bluebell ring it is ringing your death knell and you will die shortly afterwards. Consequently one of the local names in Scotland is 'Death Bell'. I shouldn't let that put you off growing it though!

Bluebell is the birthday flower of 30 September.


Advantages of 'in the green' bulbs:

  • root system is already developed
  • you can see where you plant, avoiding bare patches and gluts
  • easy to handle and no guessing which way up to plant
  • plants establish much quicker and more reliably than dry bulbs
  • plant from mid-January through to April


Note: It is illegal to lift Bluebells for trade without a license. Our bluebell bulbs are supplied to us by a trusted British grower who carefully selects and lifts bulbs under license



Photo 1: MichaelMaggs, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo 2: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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