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At Dromoland Castle

Spread a hazy, blue carpet under trees and over grassy banks. These bulbous perennials have fleshy, glossy, linear leaves which are keeled and come from the root. At the tip of the leaves is a little hood. The long racemes or spikes of four-to-fifteen, drooping, tubular, purplish-blue flowers are one-sided, the leafless stems curving over gracefully.

Each flower (14-20mm long) has cream anthers and six backward curving lobes. The anthers in the hybrid are blue. Bluebells bloom from April to May. The fruits are egg-shaped capsules with black seeds. This is a native plant belonging to the family Asparagaceae.