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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by helenristovski, Apr 23, 2010.
Can anyone tell me the name of this plant?
Hi they are lovely and their name is woodland bluebells.
Hyacinthoides hispanica I believe. Common name Spanish bluebell. Not to be confused with Hyacintha non scripta. Common name common Bluebell.
Technically they are Hyacinthoides, wood hyacinth. or blue bell. There are several varieties and come in white, pink and blue and naturalize beautifully. A smaller type but same basic family are the little grape hyacinth that also naturalize well. I have seen fields of these blooming in the spring - beautiful! barb
Many in cultivation are hybrids rather than pure forms of one species.
Agree this is Hyacinthoides Ã— massartiana (hybrid H. non-scripta Ã— H. hispanica).
Pure H. hispanica has even more open flowers; see here for pic and details: http://ip30.eti.uva.nl/BIS/flora.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=4764
Yes Ron & Michael, there are several, many cousins. One of the ladies at the Senior centre where we hold our Master Gardener Plant Clinic, asked about what she thought was a Snow Drop which she was familiar with coming from Scotland - but to tall. I brought out the Sunset Garden book and showed her the pic and disc. of the GALANTHUS. Not-quite-right, but right next to it was the pic. & description for GALTONIA, candicans, Summer Hyacinth. Much taller and spot on for what she'd seen. She was confused because it was native to South Africa, why was it here? I asked her if she was familiar with Scotch Broom, and where did it come from - Scotland. Some home sick Scotsman brought it with him and now it's all over the place. People have been moving their favourite plants with them for many years. I like being able to solve the little questions. I'll leave the big ones to you guys. barb ;))
Thank you Ron and Michael for the correction. I had seen these in a garden, and realised they were slightly different from the Spanish bluebell, but I was not aware of the name Hyacinthoides Ã— massartiana.
This link shows the 3 mentioned. I can see the differences clearly now.
This is so interesting. Thanks for the link to photos of all three spiecies. For many years I had only the pretty Spanish bluebells then I found some English bluebells offered for sale for the first time and, naturally, had to try them as well.
I planted both kinds in my garden (did not know about the third until reading this thread), the Spanish in the front and the English in the back so I could keep them separate and compare them. I noticed the English bluebell bulbs looked like little potatoes and the Spanish have the silvery skin like an onion. A good way to distinguish between them, I thought.
The English ones came up, possibly didn't care for the place, and subsequently disappeared. Certainly did not go forth and reseed madly about which I defiinitely was hoping for. That was several years ago and I haven't seen them offered since.
Last fall I bought a pkg of Spanish Bluebells and upon opening the bag found the bulbs looked like little potatoes. I am now waiting for them to bloom. Thanks to the link, I see English bluebells have a much more closed bell with tightly curled back rims. Which will it be? The suspense mounts.