Spanish Bluebell blooming under the cherry trees
Near the 77th Street entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, fragrant Spanish Bluebell brightens Roosevelt Park’s garden beds with bell-shaped, lavender-colored flowers.
Spanish bluebell reproduces by seed and rhizome and naturalizes well beneath the shade of deciduous trees, such as the cherry trees in Roosevelt Park. Bulbs develop into blue-green clumps of sword-like leaves, eventually spreading to 18 inches or more in width. Small flowers hang from upright flower stems that rise above the foliage. Spanish Bluebell flowers come in several colors: lavender, pink and white
Spain, Portugal and the Upper West Side
Although Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is native to Spain and Portugal, this winter-hardy, shade-loving bulbous perennial also does well in New York City. Stop by the park and enjoy the flowers!