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The Spanish Invader

A Bluebell Woodland - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
If you think you've found Spanish bluebells growing wild, let your local Wildlife Trust know about them.

A few years ago gardeners started planting imported Spanish bluebell bulbs, and now these Spanish flowers are taking over! The Spanish variety will grow almost anywhere, and many of them have got into the British countryside where they are breeding with our own native species and producing a hybrid.


The Spanish variety has blue bell-shaped flowers, but that's where the similarity ends. Our native bluebells have a delicate scent, while the Spanish variety has hardly any. Our native bluebells have rich blue coloured blooms on just one side of a blue stem, while the Spanish bluebell is larger and straighter with pale coloured flowers on all sides.


Conservationists are working to stop the spread of the Spanish variety in Britain and help save our own native bluebells from extinction.



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