Uncover Hidden Flowers meanings

The most popular meaning for bluebells is humility or sometimes gratitude.

It is also associated with everlasting love and constancy.  Bluebells are also called harebells in Scotland because it is believed that witches turned into hares and hide among the flowers.

For a modern person, you might not attach any kind of meaning to the flowers, bluebell or otherwise.  Just for the sheer beauty of the flowers, you can grow these plants around your home and also have a vase with bluebells on your corner table.  You can also give bouquets of flowers to the love of your life as a symbol of undying love and unfailing devotion.

  • Name:  Bluebell
  • Color:  You’ve got it, the bluebell is blue.  However, there are also bluebells that has a creamy color or an off white hue.
  • Shape:  From the name itself, it’s not hard to imagine what shape the bluebell has.  It’s a plant with clusters of blue flowers that look like tiny bells.
  • Fact:  Bluebell naturally thrives in wooden areas and undoubtedly one of the most loved wildflowers. It is the favorite of hummingbirds because its shape is perfect for the birds to sip the nectar from.
  • Poisonous:  Yes.
  • Number of Petals:  It might not look like it but bluebells has six petals.  These petals are all fused up together forming a narrow bell shape.
  • Victorian Interpretation:  Flowers were one of the means of communicating your thoughts and feelings to someone during the Victorian era.  Bluebells mostly relate to humility.  It’s probably because of the way the bell shaped flowers bow down on the flower spike.
  • Blossom Time:  If you’re looking forward to seeing a field of bluebells, the best time would be in the later part of April to the month of May.  There are times (depending on the place that you’re at), flowers bloom earlier or later than this time period.


Bluebells is a tool used for calling fairies.  “Ring” the bluebells like you would a normal bell and the fairies would come. But the downside is - if you actually hear it ring, it’s a superstition that someone that holds dear to your heart will die. The question is, what sound does a bluebell have? Unfortunately no one ever heard one yet.

A lush field of vibrant colored bluebells is something that scares many during the medieval times. On most cases, people stay away from the lush of bluebells as far as they can – where bad luck “can’t follow”.  It is believed that walking through a field of bluebells puts you in a tight spot of being pounded with magic spells.  Lucky or not, would you really want to risk it?

Even if it’s not forbidden to pick bluebells, you might not want to do that on account of the superstition of bad luck.  Picking bluebells and bringing them to your home means inviting bad luck to enter into your life because based on many folklore, the fairies had cast a spell that will bring bad luck to anyone who dare to destroy (or pick) this majestic-looking flower.

  • The Shape:  Bell shaped flowers
  • Petals:  Bluebells is made up of six petals that are fused together.
  • Numerology:  In numerology, bluebells are powered by the number 8.  Even as a symbol of power, it also relates to evil which is why, it can mean bad luck and good luck at the same time.
  • Color:  It’s got a beautiful mix of shades that go from blue to purple.  There is also cream colored bluebells.

Herbalism and Medicine:  

Even as a poisonous plant, the bluebell has some medicinal properties.  The bulb can be used as an ingredient for diuretics or styptics.

By Florance Saul
Aug 17, 2012