The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap, Witches’ Thimbles, and Granfer Grigglesticks . In the past. The stems are squeezed the stems produce a glue so strong that fetchers used it to fix the feathered flights to the arrows. It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.
If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it’s the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower. Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish – around 5-7 years from seed to flower. Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.