It is estimated that around half the world’s population of Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) grow here in the UK, although under threat by the introduced Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica), which have found its way over the garden fence. Bluebells can be an indicator of ancient woodland, and they are essential for pollinating insects like bees. In folklore, it is said that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments. And remember, don’t eat them! Apart from being a protected species by law, they are poisonous from bulb to petal.
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), local wood, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.