Bluebell Fact Sheet


Bluebell Fact Sheet

Most bluebells are found in ancient woodland where the rich habitat supports a whole host of species. Ancient woodland includes woods from the 17th century and some may even be remnants of the original wildwood that covered Britain after the last Ice Age.

The bluebell is a protected species in UK law.

Cross-breeding between the English (native) and Spanish species of bluebell means it is possible for some flowers to include traits from both. However you will only find native English bluebells in our wood!

Bluebells contain at least 15 biologically active compounds that may provide them with protection against insects and animals.

Certain extracts – water-soluble alkaloids – are similar to compounds tested for use in combating HIV and cancer.

The bulbs of bluebells are used in folk medicine as a diuretic or styptic, while the sap can be used as an adhesive.

The Blue Bell – Emily Bronte
First verse
“The blue bell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care. “

Unusual bluebell facts

  1. In the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows
  2. The Victorians used the starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves
  3. Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books
  4. Legend also says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments
  5. Bees can ‘steal’ nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower.

This message was added on Monday 14th May 2012

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