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Hyacinthoides nonscripta - (L.)Chouard. ex Rothm.
                 
Common Name Bluebell
Family Liliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The bulb (and the whole plant?) is poisonous[4].
Habitats Deciduous woodland[28], usually on slightly acid soils[17].
Range Western Europe from the Netherlands and Britain o Belgium and France.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Hyacinthoides nonscripta Bluebell


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Hyacinthoides nonscripta Bluebell
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Physical Characteristics
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Hyacinthoides nonscripta is a BULB growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, beetles.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Endymion non-scriptus. Scilla non-scriptus.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Diuretic;  Styptic.

The bulb has diuretic and styptic properties[4]. It is used as a remedy for leucorrhoea[4].
Other Uses
Adhesive;  Starch.

A glue is obtained from the sap in the bulb and stem[4, 6, 66]. Simply cut open a bulb and apply the sap to whatever needs to be joined[K]. It makes an excellent paper glue, the join is stronger than the surrounding paper[6]. It would not work on non-absorbent materials such as plastics and glass[K]. A starch from the bulb has been used in laundering[4], it is very harsh on the skin[6].
Cultivation details
Easily grown in a soil rich in leafmold[90], preferring semi-shade[28, 31] but tolerating full sun. Succeeds in most soils but prefers a heavy one[200]. Succeeds in the dry shade of trees[188, 233]. Bulbs like to be quite deep in the soil[200]. The flowers diffuse a balsam-like scent in the sunshine[245].
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring or as soon as ripe in a cold frame. It usually requires stratification. If you have plenty of seed it can be sown in situ, but it is usually more economical to sow it in a frame. If sown thinly, the seedlings can be left in their pots for the first year, though give them regular liquid feeds to make sure that they get sufficient nutrient. Prick out the seedlings about 3 to a pot and grow on for 1 - 2 more years before planting out into their permanent positions when they are dormant[K]. Division of the bulbs in summer after the leaves die down. Larger bulbs can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year in a cold frame before planting them out when dormant in late summer.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
(L.)Chouard. ex Rothm.
Botanical References
17200
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
s. newman Sun May 11 18:41:52 2003
I have a lot of bluebells in my garden. one of them is pink colour is this possible?
Elizabeth H.
Fri May 6 09:00:28 2005
yes, pink is possible, a genetic variation, causing a change or lack of colour, may survive from year to year, viz the ellusive white forms that can usually be found after searching an extensive drift of bluebells, usually in a more shaded area, but not always
Elizabeth H.
Mon Sep 11 2006
don't they grow in clones too, Why?
Elizabeth H.
Mon Mar 2 2009
If i spread the in june-July,how long will it take for the bluebell to appear?
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