Hyacinthoides non-scripta (formerly Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant. It is known in English as the common bluebell or simply bluebell, a name which is used in Scotland to refer to the harebell, Campanula rotundifolia. In spring, H. non-scripta produces a nodding, one-sided inflorescence of 5–12 tubular, sweet-scented violet–blue flowers, with strongly recurved tepals, and 3–6 long, linear, basal leaves.

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Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Hyacinthoides
H. non-scripta
Binomial name
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Synonyms [1]
  • Hyacinthus non-scriptus L.
  • Scilla festalis Salisb. (nom. illeg.)
  • Scilla nutans Sm. in Sowerby & Smith (nom. illeg.)
  • Scilla non-scripta (L.) Link & Hoffmanns.
  • Endymion nutans Dumort. (nom. illeg.)
  • Agraphis nutans Link. (nom. illeg.)
  • Endymion non-scriptus (L.) Garcke
  • Hyacinthus cernuus L.
  • Scilla cernua (L.) Hoffmanns. & Link
  • Endymion cernuus (L.) Dumort.

H. non-scripta is particularly associated with ancient woodland where it may dominate the understorey to produce carpets of violet–blue flowers in "bluebell woods", but also occurs in more open habitats in western regions. It is protected under UK law, and in some other parts of its range. A related species, H. hispanica has also been introduced to the British Isles and hybridises with H. non-scripta to produce intermediates known as H. × massartiana.