Also known as: wild hyacinth, wood bell, fairy flower, bell bottle
The nodding blue heads of these flowers arise from bulbs, which prefer to grow in undisturbed soil and need plenty of light in early spring. Their rich nectar provides food for many butterflies and other insects. Hyacinthoides non-scripta grows only in the British Isles and is being diluted by the Spanish bluebell (H. hispanica). Spanish bluebells differ by having vertical stems rather than the drooping habit of the English plant.
Bluebells have long been known to grow in the conservation area at Kew and are indicators of British ancient woodland. Every spring they fill the woods with an ocean of colour best seen when the sun is low.