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By Jayc

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why have all my british bluebells turned pink in the garden my soil is clay based i live in rutland



Hi Jayc and welcome to GoY - could you put a photo up please, I know there can be 'white' English bluebells (the Scottish bluebell is the harebell) but I am not aware of a pink one. And if they were blue before they should be blue now, flowers, in general, do not suddenly change colour.

17 May, 2012


I agree with MG flowers do not usually change colour. However, there are Pink Bluebells and some have been posted on members photos on here lately. I think its more likely that the Bluebells you planted were in fact pink ones and most likely Spanish in origin.

17 May, 2012


They could also be forced cultivated hyacinths that are degrading...

17 May, 2012


MG, I definitely have pink bluebells and they grow side by side with blue bluebells so I think they are two different varieties.

17 May, 2012


They could well be Spanish or a hybrid between the two. Here's a link to the Natural History Museum page for identifying bluebells.

I've heard that Hydrangeas change flower colour depending on the soil ph, but don't think this is the case with bluebells?

All the best,

18 May, 2012


This is the link to the Natural History pages copy and paste into your web browser (not Google)

To the best of my knowledge neither The English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) nor the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is pink. We had this discussion on GoY a few weeks back. Over a period of time your Dutch hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) degrade becoming less large and showy and then take on more of the appearance of the Spanish bluebell, these of course come in pink as well as blue and white.

A simple way to tell whether you have the English bluebell is if the flowers are all on one side of the stem and the stem curves downwards on the side the 'bells' are on.

Unfortunately the Spanish bluebell is far tougher than the English one and is a) choking it out and b) hybridising with it causing concern as to the possibility of our eventually losing the English bluebell completely. In many areas, especially southern England most of the bluebells are now hybrids or Spanish.

18 May, 2012


Thank you for all your comments and although we bought the 'blue' bells in good faith as British natives they are indeed Spanish we will take them out and replant from a reputable supplier. any one know of a supplier?

18 May, 2012


Well Crocus sells the bulbs but does not have stock right now... Scotia Seeds sells seed legally collected from wild growing bluebells in Scotland.

Link to their site is:

18 May, 2012


If you had a bluebell over an ants nest it wouldn't survive very long!

17 May, 2015

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