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Hyacinthoides hispanica (Spanish Bluebells)

Spanish Bluebells, Scilla hispanica, Scilla campanulata, Endymion hispanicus (Hyacinthoides hispanica)


Easy to grow, low care and incredibly good-looking, Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is a great bulbous perennial to have! Each bulb produces attractive, nodding, bell-shaped flowers hanging from sturdy, round flower stalks, atop clumps of glossy strap-shaped leaves.

  • Blooming heartily from mid to late spring, Spanish Bluebell is a beautiful and reliable addition to the landscape, where it will happily multiply in optimum growing conditions.
  • Depending on cultivars, Spanish Bluebells exist in shades of violet-blue, lavender- blue, pink or white. It typically forms spreading clumps up to 12-18 in tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Easy to grow, this plant is rarely affected by pests or diseases and is resistant to deer and rodents! Just plant it and forget about it!
  • Plant in average, moist, well-drained soils in partial shade or full shade. While full sun will promote flowering, be aware that the lovely colors of the blossoms may fade. Tolerates drought and dry sandy soils.
  • This charming naturalizer provides color and contrast to the woodland garden, beds, borders, rock gardens and naturalized areas. Spectacular when planted in large drifts. May be grown in pots or containers, and combines beautifully with other flowering bulbs or perennials. Excellent filler for empty annual beds. Great as cut flowers too!
  • Eating may cause severe discomfort

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Hyacinthoides - Bluebells, Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3" (7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Hyacinthoides - Bluebells, Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3" (7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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