Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLiliaceaeHyacinthoidesHyacinthoides non-scripta


A bulbous perennial herb occurring, sometimes abundantly, in a wide variety of deciduous woodlands, in hedgerows, on shady banks and, especially in western and upland areas, in meadows, under Pteridium and on cliffs. It also occurs as a naturalised garden escape. It is sensitive to long-term grazing. Generally lowland, but reaching 685 m on Craig-yr-Ysfa (Caerns.).



World Distribution

Oceanic Temperate element.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1092

Life form information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Bulbous geophyte



Clonality - primary

Tuberous or bulbous, slowing cloning by offsets

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2439

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 760

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: -0.41

Weighted Changed Factor: -13

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


External Species Accounts

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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