This bluebell like flower may be just the common native variety but there was just something odd about it to me. We found this flower in a cattle stamped area of Park Gate Down, popping through the hard ground. It was just coming into bloom on the 15th of May while there are native varieties about 6 metres away in the wood just outside this field, they had all began to go to seed already.
The flower has an extra spike on it so at first (we saw it on the 11th, still just a bloom spear, not opened) we thought some type of orchid, since it was late and poor light and only noticed its oddness from photos we snapped while there.
We went back on the 15th and can tell its a bluebell or bluebell like flower. I'm just wondering if its a hybrid of some sort. The stem is very thick, the flowers were very blue on our first visit. The leaves are thick as well like those of an Orchid although thin and long like bluebell. The flower stem stands very straight, the flowers seem to have a tendency to verge to one side but are born all around the stem. I'm certainly no expert, but as mentioned something just seemed a bit odd about this plant.
There were about 10 of them near the fence close by, all at about the same stage of development.
Thanks for looking
I am new in UK and I don't know the British's flora very well but I would go
for- Hyacinthoides non scripta (L.) Chouard ex Rothm.
May be this link will be helpfull: http://http://www.botanicalkeys.co.uk/flora/content/species.asp?510
They look like some of the continental orchideads indeed ;-).
Hopely there is someone who will know answer for your question in 100%. I will wait for that ;-)
Hi Crystal & Joanna,
Joanna is quite correct these are native Bluebells - Hyacinthoides non-scripta. The shape of the flowers - rather narrowly tubular with the recurving tips to the tepals are typical. Its possible that various factors may have caused these to be coming through late and as you say they are certainly big chunky examples.
Park Gate Down is an absolute treasure - a glorious secluded spot with so many nice plants and a definite must for any orchid enthusiast.
Hi there, you might find the information on our bluebell survey pages helpful:
Includes images and descriptions of many species found in the British Isles.
Thanks everyone for the replies.
Joanna thanks for the link and answer.
Fred I found your video very useful I watched it before I posted here, and appreciate you having a look at this flower for me. Unfortunately the flowers were not open enough for me to see the pollen color, or I might not have had to post
Jonathan that is indeed a very helpful link. I just learned those long spikey things are 'bracts'
They still are awfully long...hehe