Walking in a sea of blue
The English bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, is a perennial plant with a dangling lilac flower and heady perfume. The nodding heads begin to appear in April, and by May cover wide areas of the woodland floor, carpeting it in shades of purple and blue. The Spanish bluebell often appears alongside it and has a similar appearance, but the native plant can be told apart. It is identified by its straight-sided flower with curled back tips; its ever-present scent and its pollen, which is a creamy-white colour. Despite the name, bluebells are sometimes white or pink. Where patches of them are found in the open, they often indicate a site of ancient woodland.