Monday, May 27, 2002

Banishing the Bluebells?

From the Conserv@tion web site comes this link to a story in the web version of The Daily Telegraph. The villagers of Clent (in Britain) were alarmed to discover that the 7000+ bluebells planted there were actually an aggressive Spanish species (Hyacinthoides hispanica) that is threatening native English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). The bulbs were grown in Holland and the local government was assured they were British. However, once the bluebells flowered, residents identified them as the Spanish variety (hooray for local botanists/gardeners!).

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