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