Hyacinthoides

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted on here as my life has been taken over by a project I’m currently working on for my internship. However this weekend I have spent back in Somerset where I grew up and I can’t help but relax and take a break from my busy life in Brighton.

This morning I took my mother’s collie ‘Mandy’ out for a walk over the fields of Temple Cloud and couldn’t help but notice the abundance of bluebells in the area. This makes a difference from the London borough of Sutton where my I practice most of my I.D as these were our native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). The majority of bluebells in Sutton are either the invasive Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) or the hybrid (Hyacinthoides x massartiana) that it produces when it crosses with our native species.

Our native species is distinguished from the other two in having a deeper purple-blue colour, drooping raceme and having a fragrant scent.

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