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Spanish Bluebells

Scientific name: Hyacinthoides hispanica

Type:Bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes
Plant Requirements
Zone:3 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:2 ft
Width:2 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:Blue
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description In the native plant garden Spanish Bluebells help brighten up a shaded area in the spring. Also known as Wood Hyacinth

This is a bulbous perennial that grows to 16” to 18” tall. Each bulb produces a clump of 2-6 strap-shaped leaves from which rises a rigid flower stem containing 12 or more hanging, bell-shaped, bluish lavender to white flowers held in an upright raceme.

Flowers appear from April through May.

Spanish Bluebells are particularly effective when naturalized in large drifts under deciduous trees or at the margins of shade/woodland gardens. They should be planted 4” deep and 4” apart.
Care should taken not to let them spread excessively. This plant is considered invasive for the Pacific Northwest as it can spread by underground runners. It easily grows in the shade.

No serious insect or disease problems. This plant should be used with caution as it can take over a landscape. Dig it out by the roots. It does resist herbicide applications. All parts of this plant are poisonous.
For assistance, contact Dr. Charles Brun (, (360) 397-6060 5701
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