Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Bluebells
Spectacular carpets of bluebells in spring woodlands are one of Nature’s showpieces. Bluebell bulbs need to be left undisturbed for them to spread into any great area, but the show and scent that the nodding heads produce is well worth experiencing. They do well in dappled shade and woodland-litter enriched soil. A good source of nectar for numerous insects.
In folk medicine extracts have been used as a diuretic and to stop bleeding.
Seed requires a moist warmish treatment followed by a cold period. Best to be sown in late summer, in situ. The seed will develop into small bulbils and then flower in 3 or 4 years. This is the true native bluebell, not the Spanish bluebell.
Seed from Shropshire