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Hyacinthoides (bluebell genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Hyacinthoides (bluebell genus)  

Hyacinthoides hispanica (Spanish bluebell) in Arderne Gardens, Cape Town. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]


Three species, native to Europe, of which two are cultivated in southern Africa. Previously placed in the family Hyacinthaceae, which has been sunk under the Asparagaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hyacinthoides hispanica (Spanish bluebell)

Native to southwestern Europe and North Africa. See Wikipedia.


Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Common bluebell, English bluebell)

Native to western Europe. See Wikipedia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.