• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

bluebell

  • Other common names bluebell
    wild hyacinth

    bell bottle
    bluebottle
    calver keys
    common English bluebell
    cover keys
    crake feet
    crow bells
    crow leek
    cuckooflower
    culver keys
    dog leek
    dog's leek
    English bluebell
    fairy flower
    harebell
    single gussies
    spreading bluebell
    squill
    wood bells

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  • Synonyms Agraphis nutans
    Endymion nonscriptus

    Endymion nutans
    Scilla non-scripta
    Scilla nutans

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  • Family Asparagaceae

  • Genus Hyacinthoides are bulbous perennials with linear to strap-shaped leaves and bell-shaped or star-shaped blue, violet or white flowers in spring

  • Details H. non-scripta is a vigorous perennial with linear leaves and erect stems bearing arching racemes of fragrant, narrowly tubular, violet-blue, or occasionally white, flowers in spring

  • Plant range W Europe

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Tufted

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0-0.1 metre

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe, keep shaded and do not allow to dry out. Alternatively remove offsets in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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