Hyacinthoides italica
Hyacinthoides italica
Hyacinthoides italica

Hyacinthoides italica

"Italian bluebells"

Hyacinthoides italica

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Description

Light up a shady space with these fabulous, award-winning Italian bluebells. The twinkling blue starry flowers of Hyacinthoides italica are a real spring treasure, borne on a short stem in pretty cone-like clusters. Despite being a small plant, it doesn’t do things by halves in terms of flower power, really packing in the blooms on its unusual upright stems and flowering for several weeks. Whether you have a woodland border or a small shady courtyard garden, grow a few groups of these 'Italian Bluebells' and they’ll look absolutely magical, slowly naturalising each year to form bold, eye-catching swathes of colour. 

Naturally found nestling in woodland areas of the Mediterranean, Hyacinthoides italica are easy-to-grow bulbs thrive just as well in the UK climate and enjoy the dappled shade of trees and shrubberies. Flowering around April, they’re perfect for growing alongside English bluebells or as an unusual alternative. They also combine well with other shade-tolerant varieties, like crocuses and narcissus. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Hyacinthoides italica

  • Flower colour

    Blue

  • Bulb size

    10/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial
    Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade
    Dappled shade
    Full shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Ground cover
    Meadows
    Woodland gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower Gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Hyacinthoides italica bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Italian bluebells" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Hyacinthoides italica bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

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