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Plant Profiles Bluebell



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The Bluebell is a spring flowering plant. It is also called the wood bell or English bluebell. The flowers are a beautiful lavender-blue and they are shaped like a bell. These flowers bloom in the months of April and May. The flowers have a very pleasant scenmt. They can be found growing in woodlands or open fields. This plant is native to Great Britain. In the United Kingdom, this plant is considered to be a protective species. The flowers of this beautiful plant are pollinated by insects, especially bees. These plants spread fast. Their seeds are black. Bluebells have been very useful in herbal medicine.

These flowers have about 15 natural properties that protect them from insects and animals. In herbal medicine, they are used to treat HIV and cancer patients. Certain extracts that are derived from the flowers contain natural properties that can be used as medicine. These flowering plants are also used for decorative and ornamental purposes. Bluebell are known to many different regions of the world and they are common in the United States and Canada. You can also find these lovely flowers growing in grasslands and mountainsides. Some species may be found along rivers, lakes and streams.

These lovely flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies because they produce a lot of nectar. These flowers are able to tolerate a variety of conditions, but they cannot tolerale extreme heat or and dry soil. The bluebells can thrive in moist soil with a little shade. These flowers can be dug up by their bulbs and replanted. Some species of the flower can grow well in a rock garden with rocky soils. The harebell species of this plant is native to Ohio and is listed as being endangered. In New York, the harebell species is listed as being vulnerable.

The bluebell plant makes a very attractive garden plant as it stands out among other flowers because of it's shape and color. They are very easy to plant and require very little maintenance to grow. The bluebell bulbs should always be planted in the summer. When there is severe drought and dry soil, you should water them frequently. These flowers can be grown almost anywhere. Their beautiful blue blossoms will bloom every spring with little attention. They can take over other plants in your garden and spead quickly if not cared for. You can purchase the bulbs at most nurseries or find them in the wild and transplant them.


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