This is a plant which you should avoid planting in the garden. The problem with the spanish bluebell (Hyachintoides hispanica) is than it hybridises with our own native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) to produce a fertile cross (Hyacinthoides non-scripta x hispanica) which itself can cross back with our native bluebell. In many places now, the hybrid outnumbers our own bluebell and ecologists are very worried about the long-term future of our native plant. Spanish bluebells are much more erect than the native plant; hybrids are intermediate.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
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