Bluebells, BC Coastal Region
One of the spring wonders of the BC southern coastal region is the Spanish Bluebells, this flower grows everywhere here on the south coast and they are truly a beautiful flower. I love walking in the forests in the spring and one of my favorite sights is this flower. It is also called the fairy flower and one can almost see the fairies dancing around these bluebells.
This plant blooms in the spring, sometimes forming carpets of blue over extensive areas, truly a sight to behold. The flowers can come in blue, pink or white. The leaves are few on this plant and are quite oblong, 25 to 30 cm long and about 3 to 4 cm wide. When the leaves first start to grow, they are erect but bend toward the ground as they mature. The flowers are numerous on a spike the shoots up from the leaves. The flowers have 6 petals that are fused to create the hanging bell.
These flowers are very common on all of gulf islands including all of Vancouver Island and can be found from the shores of the sea to mid elevations, they are just as common in the yards as they are in the woods but to see them growing in huge numbers under the forest is the best way to see them.