|Flower||In wood||In field on cliffs||Spanish Bluebell|
Description - The Bluebell is familiar to most people with its drooping, one-sided flower-head, containing cream-coloured anthers, and straight narrow, dark green leaves, which are rather slimy when broken.
Habitat - This plant is usually thought of as a woodland plant, but it can thrive on the cliffs, where the soil is deep enough, as can be seen here in La Société's field at Pleinmont.
Comments - The Spanish Bluebell H. hispanica is not a native to Britain, but is widespread in gardens. There are problems with it hybridising with our wild Bluebell. Although there is lots of Spanish Bluebell in the wild here they do not appear to hybridise very often, but the Bluebell is, in places, out-competed by Stinking Onions, Allium triquetrum, especially in fertile soil, and in full light. This can be seen in the Bluebell Wood at Fermain, where the Stinking Onions take over at the path edges, or where a tree has fallen, letting in the light. The Wild Bluebell is of national importance, almost 50% of the world population being found in the UK.
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