Bluebell. Photo: Stinze Stiens.

Wild hyacinth (Bluebell). Photo: Stinze Stiens.

The Hyacinthoides non-scripta is the famous Bluebell that grows wild in England in many ancient forests. In the Hallerbos in Belgium the beech forest turns in spring lilac-blue because of the Bluebells.

A Wild hyacinth, which we refer to as the Spanish hyacinth, Hyacinthoides hispanica, is very similar to the Bluebell. In contrast to the Bluebell it does not have a sweet scent as the Bluebell has and the leaf is much wider. The two species can also easily hybridise creating a hybrid species, the Hyacinthoides x massartiana, which has an appearance which is intermediate between the parental species. It is said that in the Netherlands especially this hybrid form occurs next to the Spanish hyacinth, while the real Bluebell is very rare.

Most plants have blue flowers, but there are also plants with pink or white flowers. We will use the term Wild hyacinth if we do not state exactly which of the three species it concerns. The Wild Hyacinth is one of the later flowering Stinzenplants. The plant prefers lighter slightly acidic soil.

The Wild Hyacinth is present at Hackfort, Dekema State, the Schierstins, and the plant begins to multiply at Stinze Stiens.