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Shot at the woods at Wivenhoe in Essex
The bluebell flower – which is often confused with the hyacinth – is native to the British Isles, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and areas of France. It is a member of the hyacinthaceae family, and is a spring growing, perennial plant that has been subject to extensive hybridization. The flowers grow from long, slender stems that typically nod in one direction. The blossoms themselves are actinomorphic, meaning they have a distinctive bell shape, which is generally a deep blue, or purple blue shade. The hybrids of this flower may have upright stems, flowers blooming on both sides of the stem, and may be seen in colors of creamy white or pink. Unlike the wild growing variety of the bluebell flower – which commonly has bright white or yellow stamens – the hybrid types may have cyan or blue stamens.

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