Large groups of these flowers are typically found in shaded woods.

Wild Hyacinth - Fuath-mhuc - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

The profusion of plants growing together, and the vivid colour leads to appealing carpets of blue on the forest floor.


A word or two about the common names.

The Gaelic common name (one of them) is Fuath-mhuc, which means hated by pigs. Apparently, the plants contain a glycoside which is toxic to livestock, including pigs. Old common names often pass-on the wisdom of generations.

In Scotland Hyacinthoides non-scripta is called Wild Hyacinth. Bluebell is used in Scotland for Campanula rotundifolia.

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