Bluebells at Croome
Bluebells transform our woodland in springtime. The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is one of our greatest woodland spectacles. It's not surprising that bluebell is one of the nation's best-loved wild flowers.
As you walk around Croome you will find great displays of bluebells in the Church Shrubbery, the Evergreen Shrubbery, near the Island Pavilion and the Shelter Belt.
Bluebells are perennial bulbous herbs with flowering stems to about 50cm tall. They spend most of the year as bulbs underground and emerge to flower between mid-April and late May.
This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of bulbs may grow closely together in one wood, creating one of nature’s most stunning displays.
Spanish bluebells that have escaped from gardens or discarded in garden waste are cross-breeding with our true native populations. It's believed that around one in six bluebells found in our woodlands are the Spanish rather than native bluebell. All the bluebells found at Croome are of the native variety.
Bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other insects feed on the nectar of bluebell. Their flowers provide an important early source of nectar. Bees can 'steal' the nectar from bluebells flowers by biting a hole in the bottom of the flower bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower.