Many areas of our region are a sea of blue at the moment with bluebells at their peak! You've been sending us your pictures of spectacular displays that you have visited.
Have a look at the wonderful pictures below and take in a few facts whilst you're at it!
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- BLUEBELL FACTS!
- Nearly 50% of the world's bluebells can be found here in the UK
- The Bluebell is a member of the Lily family
- In folklore the bluebell is considered to be the flower of the house goblin!
- Bluebells are a symbol of constancy and it's thought could be the origin of 'something blue' that a bride should wear on her wedding day
- Because bluebells spread very slowly they're considered to be an indicator of ancient woodland sites
- In the bronze age people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows
- The Victorians used the starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffles on their clothes
- Bluebell plants are poisonous. The chemical that makes them poisonous was used in alchemy and is being researched by modern day scientists for medical use.
- Bluebells can also be white. These rare individuals lack the pigment that gives bluebells their distinctive colour.
- It takes at least five years for a seed to grow into a bulb.
- Bees can 'steal' the nectar from bluebell flowers by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower