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Scilla Campanulata - Spannish Bluebell - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Spannish Bluebell - Scilla Campanulata Described.
Scilla Campanulata - Spannish Bluebell - Bell-flowered Scilla or Bluebell; Nat. Ord. Liliaceæ.
A hardy bulbous perennial, introduced from Spain 200 years ago. It very much resembles the English hyacinth—H. nutans, or Scilla non-scripta (British Bluebell) —better known as the wood hyacinth. Handsome as this simple flower is, it might have been omitted from these notes as a plant too well known, but for the fact that there are several varieties of the species which are less known, very beautiful, and deliciously fragrant, entitling them to a place amongst other choice flowers, both in books and gardens.
Of the typical form little need be said by way of description. The flowers are bell-shaped, pendent, blue, and produced in racemes of many flowers. The leaves are lance-shaped, prostrate, and of a dark shining green colour.
S. c. alba differs from the type in having its white flowers arranged more evenly round the scape, being shorter in the divisions of petals and wider at the corolla; the habit of the plant, too, as may be seen by the illustration (Fig. 94), is more rigid and neat. In a cut state the flowers are not only very lasting, but if gathered clean, they are suitable for the most delicate wreath or bouquet.
S. c. carnea has pink flowers.
All the forms of S. campanulata are cheerful and effective spring flowers. They should be grown in bold clumps, and if under slight shade, where many other things cannot be well grown, all the better; still, they are in no way particular—any aspect, position, or soil will answer for these robust flowers. Such being the case, few gardens should be without at least the finer forms of the large Bluebell. So fast do these varieties increase by seed and otherwise, that any remarks on their propagation are unnecessary.
Flowering period, April to June.
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