Bluebells can be found in damp shady fields, hedgerows and woods throughout Britain.
A woodland carpet of bluebells is most spectacular and the grand finale that Spring offers. Bluebell flowers are sweetly scented but the plant, particularly the seed and the fresh bulb, is poisonous. If eaten the result can be vomiting, abdominal pains and a weak slow pulse from which recovery can be slow. The sap can cause dermatitis. The plant is also poisonous for some animals.
In flower language it is a symbol of constancy, regret, and solitude.
Whilst, in Celtic legend, the bluebell is known as the faerie flower and has a dangerous sinister side.
If a child wanders in a wood alone and picks a bluebell she/he will never be seen again.
If an adult wanders alone in a bluebell wood and picks a flower he/she will be led around by a pixie for ever unless somebody rescues him/her.
Apparently Merlin and King Arthur are still sleeping in a cave in Britain after being tricked into drinking a potion containing bluebell seeds and they will only to be wakened when Britain needs them, so beware!
Very interesting, thanks Marie - I always thought bluebells look better from a distance!
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