The Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, sometimes Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a-flowering . It is native to the and western , being replaced in by the similar (H. hispanica, the only other species in the genus Hyacinthoides).
The traditional name of "non-script" was intended to distinguish this plant from the classical hyacinth. The classicalwas a flower described in that sprang from the blood of the dying prince . As a mark of his grief on the death of the prince, inscribed the letters "AIAI".
The Common Bluebell flowers inand . The stems are 10-30 cm long and bend over at the top. The lavender-blue flowers are pendulous, bell-shaped and slightly fragrant. The are yellowish-white.
In spring, many British woods are covered by dense carpets of this flower; these are commonly referred to as "".
It is common to findwith the closely related Hyacinthoides hispanica (a popular cultivated garden plant in Britain). There is concern that the native populations of H. non-scripta are endangered by this hybridisation. The hybrids may be distinguished by their broader, less pendulous flowers, often with darker anthers (pale purple in pure H. hispanica) and broader leaves.
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