Bluebell growing on forest floor near bench in forest glade
Contributor:Andy J Hollingbery / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:2974 x 4477 px | 25.2 x 37.9 cm | 9.9 x 14.9 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:18 May 2010
Bluebell - Hyacinthoides non-scripta Irish name - Cloigín Gorm Lily family - Liliaceae The Bluebell is a perennial woodland plant that grows in spring from bulbs that over-winter in the ground. The shoots emerge from early January, before the leaves grow on the trees and block a large proportion of the available sunlight. The bluebell is a dominant species setting seeds profusely and multiplying from offshoots from its bulbs resulting in carpets of blue on the woodland floor. The drooping, blue bell shaped flowers, which give the plant its most common name, appear from April to June. Other local names, which mainly refer to the flowers, include Auld Man’s Bell, Calverkeys, Jacinth, Wilde Hyacint and Wood Bells. The flowers may be violet-blue, white or even pink on rare occasions.