Close-up of bluebell flower

Common bluebell

Common bluebells are anything but ordinary, with a spring woodland carpeted in masses of bluebells a sight to behold. This spectacular botannical display is only found in northern Europe, with Britain containing more than half of the worlds population. Common bluebells are a protected species in the UK. The main threats to their survival is people picking the flowers and illegally digging up the bulbs. Hybrid bluebell species, because of crossing with the Spanish bluebell, are also a major problem.

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Britain is home to more than half of the world's population of bluebells.

See the UK's spectacular bluebell blooms.

Scientific name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Rank: Species

Common names:

English bluebell

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The Common bluebell can be found in a number of locations including: Europe, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Common bluebell distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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