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Reader Liz McLean sent us this photograph showing a splash of springtime colour.
It was taken by Liz on May 27 while walking the Tileworks trail on the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve in Kilmartin Glen. Liz said there was ‘masses of intense blue accompanied by a wonderful scent’.
Like Liz, many of us, would think of the flower as a bluebell.
But that is not strictly true in Scotland.
The photograph shows spring-flowering hyacinth – Hyacinthoides non-scripta – which is known across much of the UK as a bluebell.
In Scotland, we have the Scottish bluebell, an entirely different species which is known as the Harebell in other parts of the country. ‘Our’ bluebell – Campanula rotundifolia – is summer flowering and grows among drier grasslands from the hills to the coast.
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