SW6430 : Bluebells

taken 13 years ago, near to Crowntown, Cornwall, Great Britain

A springtime woodland plant, its survival depends on undamaged leaves rather than flower seeds. The leaves are needed to make food for the bulbs. It is threatened by widespread trampling and grazing, and introduced species. Trampling by human feet can harm what is now an internationally rare habitat. Like Hawthorn, Bluebells has an unlucky reputation if brought indoors. It is also known as Auld Man's Bell, Wood bells, Calverkeys and Ring-o'-Bells. The Elizabethans called it Jacinth and used the sticky juice from crushed bulbs to stick paper. In English folklore was said to call the fairies to their meetings. People also would not walk through a field of bluebells because they believed it to be enchanted and that the fairies would spirit them away never to be seen by human eye again. And take heed a warning: Should any one be so unlucky as to actually hear the bluebells ringing then they will die within a year.
These are very enchanted plants it is believed that their bells call the faeries to their midnight processions.
In the language of flowers Bluebell -- Constancy
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Friday, 29 April, 2005   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 February, 2007
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 645 302 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:7.5368N 5:17.7043W
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