Known as wood bells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth, Bluebells represent humility or sometimes gratitude. It also signifies everlasting love and constancy. In the United Kingdom, the British or English Bluebell is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is a criminal offence to uproot a wild bluebell from the land on which it naturally grows. Any trade in wild bluebell bulbs or seeds is likewise an offence with a fine up to £5,000 per bulb.
English bluebells have stems that droop and nod distinctly to one side whereas its Spanish counterpart is stiff and upright. Native ones also have a strong sweet scent compared to the Spanish bluebells. Also, English bluebells feature a vivid blue-violet colour while the Spanish variety is paler.