Wednesday, 1 May 2013

White Bluebells in Medieval Woods - are native!

White Blue Bells, Northamptonshire, England © Simon Raven
In an ocean of bluebells, I stumbled across a small cluster of white bluebells in a Medieval wood in the Northamptonshire countryside the other day. Could these be the Spanish hybrid of the flower I had read about, or just a natural mutation that occasionally appears in nature. Gripped with suspense, I decided to make it my business to find out...


The bluebell is a sign of springtime in Britain and, according to the BBC News website, "the UK woodlands are home to almost 50% of the global population of our native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17597489


LATEST NEWS: Following communication with the botany department of the Natural History Museum in London - I can reveal that these spectacular white bluebells are in fact native to Britain, and are not the Spanish hybrid. I'd like to thank the Botonist Fred Rumsey for the expert confirmation. See what Fred had to say on the subject below:

"Your Bluebells are white-flowered examples of our native species as you’d expect from the habitat. They turn up in small frequency in most big natural populations and obviously stand out and attract interest. The shape of the inflorescence (nodding and rather unilateral) and the narrow flower shape with very recurved tepals are typical of H. non-scripta."


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