Hyacinthoides italica

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Italian Bluebell
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Plate 663 from The Botanical Magazine
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Hyacinthoides
Species: H. italica
Binomial name
Hyacinthoides italica
(L.) Chouard ex Rothm.

Hyacinthoides italica (syn. Endymion italicus or Scilla italica), the Italian bluebell or Italian squill, is a spring-flowering bulbous perennial native to the central Mediterranean region in northwestern Italy, southern France and northeastern Spain. It is one of around 11 species in the genus Hyacinthoides, others including the common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in northwestern Europe, and the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) further west in the Iberian Peninsula.[1]

It is in some respects intermediate between the common and Spanish species in having slender leaves (as in H. non-scripta or even slenderer, 3–12 millimetres or 0.12–0.47 inches broad), but a dense, conical raceme of violet-blue flowers 10–40 centimetres (4–16 in) tall (as in H. hispanica; not sparse and one-sided as in H. non-scripta).

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]


  1. ^ World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2011-07-05 , search for "Hyacinthoides"
  2. ^ "Hyacinthoides italica". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  • Huxley, A. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening vol. 2: 604. Macmillan.