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Bluebell

Observed: 28th April 2013 By: km1km1’s reputation in Plantskm1’s reputation in Plantskm1’s reputation in Plants
Bluebell
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Hope this is right in my pocket wildflower book the latin name is Scilla Non-Scripta
Does anyone use a bigger flower book which they would recommend?

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Species with which Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) interacts

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Chris Metherell's picture

Flower Books

When I'm teaching botany for the FSC (sorry that sounds rather smarty-pants) I usually recommend the Wild-Flower Key by Francis Rose. Although it's not perfect, it combines pictures with keys, enabling you to get used to keying plants out without losing the safety net of pictures.

As I said, it's not perfect, and some of the keys don't work too well, but its very good.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

km1's picture

Thank you

I will check it out.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Motion seconded...

I started off with Poland, the Vegetative Keys, which is brilliant for me as I have to ID all year round - not just when things are flowering!

Last year I discovered the new edition of the Wild-flower Key by Rose (revised by Clare O'Reilly) and I have to say, it's really easy to use, and almost fully illustrated. The keys are - as Chris says - not that easy to use (Poland's keys are fabulous) but the sheer quantity of illlustrations makes it much more user-friendly, especially for wildflower ID.

I, too, would really recommend getting a copy of Rose, Katrina - then get out there and enjoy using it!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY