|The first opening of bluebells in The Forest of Dean.The end of April.|
|The Bluebell fairy by Cicely Mary Barker|
- Bluebell sap used to be used to glue pages into a book (the toxins discourage silverfish ) and the glue was also used to stick feathers to arrows by Bronze Age people,according to archaeological evidence.
- If you wear a wreath of Bluebell flowers you will only be able to tell the truth.
- If you can turn a bluebell flower inside out without tearing it you will keep and win the one you love.
- Their bulbs were crushed in Elizabethan times to starch their collars, cuffs and sleeves.
- All parts of the bluebell are poisonous but they have been used to treat leprosy and are now being tested to help sufferers of HIV and Cancer.
Hyacinthoides Non-scripta is the bluebells scientific name. It comes from the Greek Myth where the God Apollo cried at the death of Prince Hyakinthos. They had been playing discus when it had struck Hyakinthos on the side of his head killing him. Apollo's tears fell onto the the hyacinth flower that had sprung up from Prince Hyakinthos's blood, spelling the word 'alas' on the petals.
The Bluebells of Scotland Video and Music.