Hyacinthoides non-scripta | Bluebell | Coinnle corra
First reported in the wild
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
- Distinctive woodland plant that flowers in April-May
- The glossy linear leaves are fleshy and come from the root
- Long spikes with 4-15 drooping, purple-blue flowers on one
side. The flower colour can range from the familiar blue to white
- Each flower has cream anthers and six backward curving lobes
- Bluebells are perennial flowers that grow from underground bulbs and are found in the same location year after year
Bluebells hybridise easily with the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica), a species introduced to the horticultural market. By checking carefully it is easy to distinguish the hybrid. The flowers have non-curving lobes and are not in a one-sided spike. The anthers in the hybrid are blue.
Adult habitat & habits
Deciduous woodlands, hedgerows, shady banks
Irish reference specimens
Pathway and vector description
Distribution frequency in Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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How can you help
This species is included in our spring flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.
Full list of species included in the spring flowering plants project:
- Common Dog-violet
- Early Dog-violet
- Early-purple Orchid
- Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower)
- Lesser Celandine
- Lords-and Ladies
- Wild Garlic
- Winter Heliotrope
- Wood Anemone
- Wood Sorrel
This species is included in the spring flowering plants project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.