This is a classic woodland bulb, growing to about 40cm, putting up leaves and flowering before the tree canopy has come into leaf. Spikes of bright blue flowers rise above strap-like leaves in spring.
Whilst gardeners often seem to wish for the English Bluebell, the Spanish Bluebell is a much better garden plant. Indeed there are named hybrids if you can get them, with “Excelsior” being probably the pick of the bunch. There are also pink and white forms of the Spanish Bluebell as there are of the English.
Click here to view the Hyacinthoides hispanica page in Karin’s Garden.