Blue Bells?

Hyacinthoides non- scripta. The English Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non- scripta. The English Bluebell

Campanula rotundifolia. Harebell

Campanula rotundifolia. Harebell. The harebell is common throughout the UK, but in Scotland it’s known as ‘the bluebell of Scotland’.

Muscari Armeniacum. Grape Hyacinth.

Muscari Armeniacum. Grape Hyacinth.

Scilla siberica. Sqill

Scilla siberica. Sqill

Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

Here we have a problem with the native bluebell gene pool. The Spanish bluebell hybridises with the native bluebell resulting in the hybrid Hyacinthoides x massartian. The hybrid and Spanish bluebell both produce highly fertile seeds and can invade new areas or where the native bluebell is already present.

The native bluebell gene pool could be hybridized out of existence.

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