Bluebells have taken over the woodland floors. So here are five facts you may not have known about the UK’s best loved wild flower:

Fact 1: Scientific Title – Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Fact 2: Folklore states that fairies gather when bluebells are rung

Fact 3: Bluebell sap was suitably sticky and toxic to bind books and stop insects from attacking the binding.

Fact 4:  Folklore states that death approaches for any human that hears the bluebell ring

Fact 5: Bluebell bulbs were crushed to provide starch for Elizabethan collars and sleeves

Woodland floor covered by bluebells in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds taken by MrPKalu
Bluebell carpet in a woodland in Bruern, Oxfordshire Cotswolds